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Well, well well…what do we have here. Only a stunning new couple alert, and we've got the receipts to prove it.

Singers Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been photographed holding hands and kissing in Hollywood, and it's damn cute if we do say so ourselves.

The pair have just collaborated on new single Seniorita, but have long been quashing those dating rumours throughout their friendship, always insisting they're just friends.

The pair have since re-ignited speculation that they're more than just mates after being spotted out and about walking hand-in-hand and appearing to kiss (though a pesky cactus is in the way).

The two can be seen smiling as they walk side-by-side, with Shawn looking stylish in a striped shirt and Camila sporting a chic black jumpsuit.

Shawn is holding Camila's handbag for her because of course he's a gentleman. We can't cope.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Entertainment Tonight, Camila and Shawn were heading back to his Hollywood home and when they reached his front door it seems like they're kissing behind a cactus.

An Instagram Story was shared by a fan account the day before showing the pair snuggled up beside each other near a swimming pool, with her hands on his back as he dipped his hands in the water.

Many people are questioning whether this is all part of an elaborate PR stunt to promote their new single, Seniorita?

In the steamy video, the pair get pretty up close and personal with each other as she played a waitress who catches Shawn's eye.

The scenes feature plenty of sexy dancing, rolling around on a bed and Shawn zooming off on his trusty motorcycle, leaving poor Camila in the dust.

What do you think, are they just pretending or secretly in love?

Feature image: Instagram/@shawmilaita

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The Jordyn Woods/Kardashian clan drama continues…

It's only been a few weeks since we last heard an update about what on EARTH is going on between Woods and her former BFF, Kylie Jenner.

The scandal that broke a few months ago involving Khloe Kardashian's ex, Tristan Thompson, and Woods kissing seemingly broke apart their friendship.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kylie has now made a subtle change to her social media, which throws more than a few forest of shade at Woods in the process.

The profile image featuring the former duo comes from a Kylie Cosmetics collaboration they did together and the products from that same collab had gone on sale in the wake of the news that Jordyn and Tristan had “hooked up.” Weird.

Kylie has now changed the image to one of just herself, mainly giving a stare that could give Bran Stark a run for his money.

Image credit: Twitter/@KylieJenner

Kylie is in the middle of promoting new goods, and the new banner picture is most definitely from the promo images. It could be possible that the new image wasn't intended to be shade at all, but this is the Kardashians we're talking about.

Shade is part of their careers. The last update we had was when Jordyn spoke to paparazzi at LAX airport about her love for Kylie over a week ago, with her mum offering plenty of good wishes for the make-up mogul.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a video by TMZ, Jordyn was asked point-blank whether she would be "willing to rekindle the friendship and try to make things right with Kylie." Woods replied saying, "I have love for everyone."

Her mum was more direct. "We love Kylie," she said, with Jordyn quipping , "Always."

We'll see where this goes, but it doesn't look great for the model.

Feature image: Instagram/@kyliecosmetics

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Winter can be an absolute pain when it comes to your precious lips. We need them for so many things, especially kissing for Valentine's Day, but the bitterly baltic weather does it's best to dry them out.

We were intrigued by the science behind it, so asked Marie Therese, Head of Training with Graham Anthony Distribution, for the 411 on why our lips lose their coveted moisture.

She explained that our lips can become very dry because our lips do not have working sebaceous glands, which would serve the purpose of keeping our lips moist. Harsh conditions and ageing are also key factors.

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Cracks can appear as we grow older, and thinning can take place. In the winter, saliva containing amylase and maltase strips away the skin on our lips, leaving them exposed to dry air. (EW)

Basically; take care of ya mouth (Inside and out). We're talkin' dental, we're talkin lip balms, we're talkin' lip moisturising.

We've got you covered for the day of luuuurve; try any of these for February 14 and your lips will thank you for the kissing treatment.

1. Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment 

Burt's Bees has been around for a long time, namely because it's one of the best brands around when it comes to lip care.

Their Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment provides long-lasting moisturising properties for soft, smooth and healthy lips. Shield those puckers from dryness while you sleep with 100% natural Ceramide, so you wake up ready to smooch.

Oh, and it's 100% natural and free from parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS's: We heart.

Buy: Feel Unique
Price: €8.39

2. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

This gorgeous product comes in seven shades, and honestly we have NEVER smelled anything so good in our lives.

The Instant Light Lip Oil is the ultimate lip care treatment, and contains three key plant extracts which nourish and comfort.

The non-sticky oil has a melting and lip plumping formula for a boost which will leave you feelin' unreal.

Buy: Debenhams
Price: €21
Image: Escentual.com

3. AromaWorks Rejuvenate Lip Balm

AromaWorks Lip Balm is jam-packed with only 100% natural ingredients, and is SURE to revive your tired, dry lips.

Using a combination of shea butter and Maringa oil combined with jasmine, rose and neroli, the lip balm is considered pure luxury for your lips. 

Buy: Cosmetics Online and nationwide pharmacies
Price: €12

4. Uriage Bariederm Soothing Repair Barrier Lip Balm

Uriage have been upping the stakes for lip balms for years, and now the French skincare giant have made the first barrier lip balm to be formulated with Poly-2; an innovative patented complex offering triple action.

The brand is super trustworthy, and the soothing repair balm will be your new bestie.

Buy: Cosmetics Online and nationwide pharmacies
Price: €10

5. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Lip Quads – The 4 in 1 Lip Liner Pen

All you need to do is click, twist and pout, according to Aimee Connolly. Her infamous 4 in 1 Lip Liner Pen comes in pink and nude editions, and is legit the holy grail of lip liners.

Multi-award winning makeup artist Aimee Connolly is changing the beauty game with long-lasting, non-drying, pout perfecting products. Line your lips to match your mood this Valentine's Day, with rose, bay, blush, peach, buff, pure, bare and rouge tones on offer.

Buy: www.aimeeconnolly.com
Price: €29.99

 6. Payot Nutricia Baume Lèvres Lip Balm

 The Payot Nutricia Lip Balm is a PERFECT for those hunnies with dry skin, who are seeking smoothness this Valentine's Day.

The unreal reparative lip treatment with a slightly pearlescent finish that works to comfort and nourish your lips.

The moisturising formula uses an Oleo-Lipidic complex, sweet almond, raspberry seed and meadowfoam oil to strengthen and restore the hydrolipidic barrier. This is science speak for; You + Payot = Kissability Level 9000.

Buy: Cosmetics Online
Buy: €19

 7. Delarom rich lip balm

Seeking hydration? Dryness prevention? Fuller puckers? Here's your answer.

Delarom's nourishing and absorbing lip care is unreal value, as well as being pure gorgeous when it comes to lip health. Trust us, it's 10/10.

Buy: Cosmetics Online
Price: €18

8. Glossier Balm Dotcom

*wells up* We actually can't find a single fault with Glossier's balm dotcom range. Literally. It makes us emotional. It even comes in six flavours; Original, Birthday, Rose, Cherry, Mint, and Coconut.

Their hydrating, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve is packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin.

Yup, you can use it on your lips and any external dry spots. God bless Glossier.

Buy: Glossier
Price : €12 each

9. Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector Lip Balm

 Absolute Lip Perfector is a multi-tasking lip treatment which combines serum and balm, and is infused with gorgeous peppermint, wild mint and honeycomb extract for the ultimate soft lips.

It also works as a powerful night-time anti-ageing treatment, with enhanced moisture which lasts ALL DAY and increased lip volume. Va Va Voom…

Buy: Cosmetics Online
Price: €30

10. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

First introduced in South Korea in 2015, Laneige's master Lip Sleeping Mask has been given awards left, right and centre. But does it live up to the hype? HELLZ YEAH it does.

The gorgeous mask is applied at night, and by the time you awaken like a stunner Sleeping Beauty, you'll have supple, healthy smackers. Yas, it's incredible.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Buy: YesStyle
Price; €12.48 (on sale)

11. SoSueMe by Suzanne Jackson: 'SoKissMe' lip kits

Suzanne Jackson has just added a gorgeous line of lipstick/lip-liner pairs in the form of lip kits, in time for Valentine's Day.

The colours range from nudes to luscious roses to dark rouge, and we HAVE to have them all.

Shop their entire collection for just €95, with each lip kit coming in at €12.95. It's an absolute bargain.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That concludes our top ten lip care products in preparation for Valentine's Day 2019; Happy Kissing, ladies.

We hope some (or all) of these items will spark joy, and give you the healthy lips you deserve.

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Feature image: Beautyheaven 

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Kissing is fun, everybody knows that. But who would have known that the act of smooching can actually give you HEALTH BENEFITS? 

Does it heal your broken heart, clear your skin and boost your immune system? You're about to find out.

Strap yourselves in ladies, here are each and every glorious health benefit of puckering up. You should probably find someone to practice on…you know, for the sake of your body. It's a temple, isn't it?

Just don't do it like this:

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According to a 2009 scientific study, when we kiss somebody, our bodies release hormones which can actually ease stress. In the case of men, it increases bonding too. We love a good bromance alert.

Oral healthcare, anyone?

Now, we're not saying that you shouldn't brush your teeth or use mouthwash, but allegedly, a good kiss marathon is great news for your teeth and gums. How? Listen up:

Andréa Demirjian, author of Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures, explains:

“When you’re kissing, you’re secreting more saliva in your mouth. That’s the mechanism that washes away the plaque on your teeth that leads to cavities.” A shift a day keeps the dental plaque away, girlos.

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It acts as a painkiller (Seriously)

Your achy, break-y heart deserves some attention. Especially when you've got some form of cramps, like your time of the month.

Apparently, some lip action actually helps to reduce the effects of chronic pain. Some savvy scientists at Current Pharmaceutical Design conducted some research into smooching, learned that the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin is packed full of analgesic painkilling properties.

Oxytocin s released whenever you kiss and hug your partner, so do it as much as possible, we say. Blood vessel dilation after a good kissing sesh is great for reducing aches and pains, so when you're on your period, pucker up. You NEED it, right?

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Hayfever or Bae-fever?

Anyone who suffers from allergies can rejoice at this news; apparently kissing eases itchy eyes and snotty noses (ew).

Researchers at Satou Hospital in Japan investigated the protective effect of kissing against allergies, and claim that locking lips for only 30 minutes can do wonders for the immune system.

It decreases the release of histamine (the chemical which is produced in response to allergens) as it relaxes you, and also can work miracles for eczema sufferers. Is there anything a great shift can't do?

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No pressure, honeys

So apparently, kissing can even reduce your blood pressure? We've all felt butterflies in our stomachs and a weakening of the ol' knees, as well as a quickening heartbeat, and now we've figured out that kissing passionately does even more:

Demirjian explains: “It gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy way that lowers your blood pressure. It dilates the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely, taking pressure off your organs, especially your heart and brain.”

Hot Diggedy Damn, we're 100 percent HERE for this science.

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Let's talk about sex, baby, let's talk about you + me

Your sex life gets some HELLA drastic improvements from kissing; the two go together like Grace & Frankie, like women and vibrators, like Netflix and chill. You get the idea.

Kissing is also WAY more likely to increase your chances of having an orgasm. Lord knows we could use some of those…

As Carol Queen, the staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, explains;

“Kissing is a powerful type of foreplay… it helps increase the chances that both partners will have a good and pleasurable erotic experience.”

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Face the Facts

So BASICALLY, kissing involves more than 30 facial muscles, which can be given a major workout from a good kiss.

According to Demirjian, tongue wrestling can strengthen your neck and jawline – very good news, as these are particularly tricky spots to exercise on a daily basis.

“Your mouth has a number of facial muscles,” she says. “When those are engaged in kissing, you can tighten and tone them.”

Tighten and tone, you say? Sign us up.

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2019 Mood

A perfectly-timed kiss can be the ideal mood booster. If scientists are saying it, then it must be true, right?

Puckering up can give your body a big-time release of happiness hormones, such as serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. Ooh la la.

Those hormonal bad boys can help you relax, restore and revitalise your system. What more could you need?

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NOW do you believe us about scientific research? 

Grab that lad or lassie and get your smooch on, it's for your own benefit, and theirs too.

Your doctor has officially given you one prescription to visit the LOVE shack *winks* 

Get it, gurrrlllll…

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So, leaving aside those less than fond memories of the local teenage disco, chances are you haven't banged heads with someone you're about to kiss in a long time.

Not that you have to think about it too hard, it just sort of happens that way – you'll go one way, they'll go the other and well, you know the rest.

But as it turns out, there's actually a scientific reason why.

New research has found that people are actually hard-wired to tilt their heads to the right when kissing a romantic partner.

Researchers asked 48 married couples in Bangladesh to kiss privately in their own home and compile an independent report on different aspects of the kiss – and the results were very interesting indeed.

The study revealed that men were about 15 times more likely to initiate a kiss with 79 reporting they had done so.

What's more, two thirds of all participants (both initiators and receivers) subconsciously chose to turn their heads to the right when going in for the kill.

Dr Rezaul Karim, from the department of psychology at the University of Dhaka said:

“This is the first study to show sex differences in the initiation of kissing, with males more likely being the initiator, and also that the kiss initiators’ head-turning direction tends to modulate the headturning direction in the kiss recipients.”

The findings also revealed that the direction the kiss initiator chose strongly predicted that of the recipient, as well as whether the person was right or left handed.

“This further suggests the underlying cognitive mechanisms of the act of kissing and head turning,” the authors said. 

“Though this action tends to be performed intuitively, a decision must be made about the direction to which the partners should lean to kiss each other.”

This study was particularly unique given that kissing is censored from film and television in Bangladesh meaning that the results were in no way influenced by cultural factors or copying.

“Prior works could not rule out cultural learning due to having western samples. It turns out, we as humans are similar even if our social values differ,” Dr Michael Proulx, from the department of psychology at the University of Bath added.

Whatever the reason, we're just glad that kissing-head-collisions aren't a thing we have to worry about. 

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are couple goals. 

From rumours of a secret wedding to Miley's new song Malibu, the pair are clearly uber-loved up. 

The pairgot together on the set of The Last Song when Miley was still a long, brunette-tressed country songstress.

 

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We can't believe time has gone by so quickly, but Miley and Liam's first meeting was a whopping eight years ago. 

To celebrate International Kissing Day, Miley took to Twitter to share a snap of her and Liam's first kiss, which took place on the set of The Last Song. 

'Happy #InternationalKissingDay!' she wrote alongside the snap.

'Our first smooch 8 years ago.'

All the feels… 

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Look, we're all unique. What appeals to one, might not appeal to the other.

Some couples love PDA, other couples despise it. Some couples have sex three times a week and others, three times a month. It's all to do with preference, right?

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So, when we saw this study, which exposed the 'ideal kissing length', we were a tad confused… because, can you really time it? And who cares?

The study involved a Facebook Live video, produced by Virgin Atlantic, which saw a couple kissing in an airport.

Virgin Atlantic asked its viewers to send a shocked-face emoji at the moment they thought was time the kiss should end… and that was 12 seconds in.

The video had over 36,000 viewers and 628 reactions, which we'll admit is a fair amount.

But, you know what? Kiss longer, kiss shorter, kiss all night long… do whatever you want to do.

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Emily Ratajkowski was certainly turning heads this week when she attended the MLB National League Champion Series.

She went to the event with her boyfriend, Jeff Magid and they looked very loved up together, posing for pictures and hugging each other throughout the day.

Fans tried to get a few pictures with the model, but she kissed her beau right in front of them!

Emily has been linked to Jeff since 2014, but the couple like to keep their relationship on the DL.

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It seems that Jeff likes to keep himself on the DL also, as there's not a lot of information about him other than he's a musician.

We're delighted for Emily, though. It's nice to be all loved up!

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If you've ever opened your eyes in the middle of a kiss, you'll know how weird it feels… and looks.

And while the vast majority of us tend to shut the peepers when we go in for the shift, not many of us know exactly why this is our default response.

If you've ever found yourself pondering this, ponder no more.

According to research conducted by Royal Holloway, University of London, we close our eyes when we kiss because we want to concentrate on our sense of touch.

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, researchers explain that we fear lessening the intensity of the kiss by over-stimulating other senses like our eyesight.

"Tactile awareness depends on the level of perceptual load in a concurrent visual task," explained cognitive psychologists Polly Dalton and Sandra Murphy. "These results could explain why we close our eyes when we want to focus attention on another sense."

"Shutting out the visual input leaves more mental resources to focus on other aspects of our experience," they added.

God, we're a right bunch of romantics.

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They split up for a short time last month, but now it seems that things are definitely back ON with Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid.

Just as Ms Hadid returned from Taylor Swift's July 4 celebrations (where was Zayn's invite?) the pair were packing on the PDA on Instagram last night as it appears they're making up for some lost time.

Gigi captioned the photo, "Squish ya," and an hour later had already racked up 500,000 likes. 

 

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In the cute snap, the model appears to be sitting on on Zayn's lap as they kiss each other and laugh. Oh, and she's also crushing his nose (we're not the only ones so).

You have to admit, they are incredible cute together!

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Ed Sheeran is a man who likes to keep his life private – especially his love life.

However, the singer ended up photobombing one of Taylor Swift's snaps which saw him sharing a passionate kiss with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.

Tay has uploaded a series of snaps of her celebrations from her 4th of July weekend-long party, but the one with Ed's appearance has to be our fave.

The Trouble singer posted the pic on Insatgram, which shows her hugging her BFF who just got engaged. She captioned the snap: "Love actually is all around. Congratulations guys."

 

"Love actually is all around." Congratulations guys @abigail_lauren @teddysphotos

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Tay's friend Abigail reposted the snap and wrote: "When there's literally so much love around your only option is to make a room for all of your love banners & sing love songs to each other. @taylorswift we LOVE you! Kudos to @teddysphotos (Ed) for the photobomb of the year."

As cringey as that sounds (all singing love songs to each other??), we do love Ed giving us a little snippet into his love life.

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Khloe Kardashian and rapper Trey Songz got the rumour mill running this weekend when they were spotted kissing in a Las Vegas club. 

After hanging out in the VIP area at his concert on Saturday night, Khloe joined the Bottoms Up singer in Drai's nightclub where – according to an E! News source – they were later "seen making out".

That same night, fans also noticed the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star in the background of the R&B singer’s Snapchat story while he posed with friends.

This isn’t the first time the pair have been spotted together recently as just last week they were reportedly looking cosy as they left Khloe’s 32nd birthday party together.

But before we all get carried away, a different E! insider said both Khloe and Trey are keen to keep their single statuses.

They said: "Both of them are not looking for a relationship, just some summer fun."

"He thinks she is dope and a sweet woman, but he just got out of a relationship so he is not looking for anything serious."

"He does like how confident she is."

Oh well, at least he thinks she's "dope"!

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