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With concern about microplastics growing worldwide, we're not surprised that retailers are finally taking notice about the damage to the environment.

Popular retailer Marks & Spencer have joined the eco-effort by banning glitter from this year's Christmas cards, wrapping paper, crackers and calendars.

The brand is aiming to be 100 percent glitter-free by the end of 2019 after testing a biodegradable alternative to glitter on plants and flowers.

The worry about single-use plastics such as straws, water bottles, takeaway cups and microplastics (tiny particles that cause huge pollution) has significantly risen after the prominence of environmental documentaries, school strikers like Greta Thunberg and consistent climate breakdown disasters.

Glitter is usually created from etched aluminium bonded to polyethylene terephthalate, a form of microplastic that can end up in the sea.

The guess is that up to 50 tonnes of microplastic particles have accumulated in the ocean, according to The Guardian.

According to campaign group 38 degrees, up to a third of fish caught in the North Sea contained microplastic particles, including glitter. 

M&S’s action on glitter and plastic is following eco-crackdowns by brands like Waitrose and Tesco, who are switching to plastic-free ranges or environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Aldi is scrapping plastic glitter from their 2019 Halloween range, and even Strictly Come Dancing is banning glitter from their programme. Music festivals and playschools are also taking action.

M&S is now providing recyclable Christmas stationary designs and minimal use of foil for festival sparkle.

Most of its boxed cards have also switched from plastic to card packaging, which is saving almost 50 tonnes of plastic.

1,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from across the business have been scrapped, and M&S aims to ensure all its packaging is widely recyclable by the end of 2022.

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Actress Selma Blair has made her first red carpet appearance prior to the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty following her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis.

The 46-year-old actress wore a colourful green, pink, black and blue dress while carrying a custom embroidered cane to support her movement at the exclusive bash, and it brought her to tears.

Best known for her performances in HellboyCruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, she looked absolutely radiant while wearing an ethereal dress made by fashion house Ralph and Russo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The matching cape, choker necklace and black cane made her overall look truly stunning, but it was the emotion behind her cane that had audiences turning heads. She praised her friends for having created the stick for her.

She shared a picture of her friend making the gorgeous cane on Instagram, writing: "This is love. How did I get so lucky?"

"I wanted a special cane for Vanity Fair dinner. So… David Lyon went out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on. Hours of love put in. And then Tom Bachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. I can't thank these three enough. There are angels."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The film star revealed on Instagram in October that she'd been diagnosed with the debilitating disease last August, but had been experiencing symptoms for 15 years prior.

"I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges."

She continued; "I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share.  my instagram family… you know who you are.

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MS can affect the brain and spinal cord, leading to problems with vision, muscle spasms and fatigue. The actress appeared visibly emotional last night as she made her way across the red carpet at the annual Vanity Fair soirée.

"It took a lot to come out here," she said, as the photographers cheered her. "When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait by Mark Seliger to be front and centre," the 46-year-old as the caption to the gorgeous image.

Twitter fans have expressed huge admiration for Blair, for her raising vital awareness for MS in the entertainment industry. What a warrior, we love her lewk and that cane makes it even more special.

Feature image: Instagram/@selmablair

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"The reason I tweet this now is to let you know that a great originator and founder of Ireland’s online beauty blogosphere has left us," wrote Kirstie McDermott earlier today following the sudden passing of her sister Aisling McDermott.

Aisling, who was best known for her work with The Irish Times and for co-founding beaut.ie alongside Kirstie, had been battling multiple sclerosis for two decades.

Taking to Twitter this morning, Kirstie wrote: "This is the story of a hair turban and a beauty-obsessed sister. On Tuesday, I bought @aismcdermott a hair turban I’d been promising her. I knew I’d see her the next day."

"She’s had aggressive MS for 20 years and she was getting worse, but she still looked so glam," Kirstie added before breaking the news to fans and followers of Aisling's passing.

"I never got to give her that turban," Kirstie wrote. "But I raise all the lipsticks in the world to someone who fought so bravely for so long and left behind such a legacy. Sleep well, Aisling. We loved you hugely."

Tributes to the writer have poured in in the wake of Kirstie's post, with many remembering Aisling's warmth, creativity and supportive nature.

"I've followed Aisling online for years and she was such a wonderful person," wrote one while another added: "Today I will wear my lipstick extra bold in Ais’s honour."

In addition to creating beaut.ie, Aisling wrote The Beaut.ie Guide to Gorgeous and Gorgeous to Go and co-wrote About Face: The Smart Woman's Guide to Beauty with Irish Times beauty writer Laura Kennedy.

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We love new carb creations here in Shemazing! HQ, and this has sent our taste buds soaring.

The Croloaf is M&S's latest creation, and it's safe to say everyone is going mental over it.

The croissant loaf of bread has been described as the "perfect fusion of the French and British breakfast.

"Our croissant loaf is perfect for those who like the convenience of grabbing a slice of toast for breakfast but love the delicious buttery taste of croissants," the M&S spokeswoman said.

"Now they don't have to compromise and can enjoy the best of both worlds."

And better still, a slice of the croloaf is only a fraction of the calories of a regular croissant. The whole loaf contains about 1,000 calories, and a slice is about 114.

The loaf is around €3 and people are seriously impressed by it:

We can't wait to try it!

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The Seventies is officially the decade of 2015. Apart from the onslaught of flared trousers, suede and paisley, the most covetable wardrobe items of season tend to come with a little bit of fringing.

Whether the fringe is on your boots, your bag, your skirt or your jacket, it doesn’t matter once it’s on you (though perhaps not all at once). 

But how can you make sure you get fringe right without looking like you just walked off the set of Back To The Future 3? Well, we got you covered, babes.

 

1) The Fringed Jacket

New Look Faux Leather Tassel Jacket, €44.99
Penneys Faux Suede Fringe Jacket, €30

Ah, the fringed short jacket. This is the perfect way to finish off a stylish, casual look.

Whether thrown over a pair of distressed jeans like the lovely Cheryl or used to punk up a daytime skater dress, you simply need one in your wardrobe.

 

2) The Fringed Bag

Penneys Tassel Backpack, €40 
Topshop Leather Fringe Suede Clutch, €42 

Use a fringed bag to add some messy texture to an outfit or make like the lovely Olivia and use it to pick up on the fringed detailing in your outfit.

While a fringe skirt, jacket AND bag may be a step to far, a small clutch mag is the ideal accompaniment to your fringe statement piece. 

 

3) The Fringed Heel

River Island Tan Suede Fringe Boots, €105
New Look Burgundy Fringed Heel Sandals, €44.99

The delectable fringe heel has been doing the rounds for a few months now since hitting the high street stores and we are definitely not over it yet. 

Use your fringey footwear to add instant fashion kudos to any outfit, day to night. 

 

4) The Fringed Skirt

Topshop Fringed Suedette Skirt by Glamourous, on sale €16
La Redoute Fringe Mini Skirt, €25.99, laredoute.com

From the fringe-ified mini to the elongated fringed skirt, there is countless options when it comes to dressing your bottom half. 

Pair a fringe mini with a slouchy tee and trainers for effortless daytime cool or go for a cropped bralet and strappy heels for nighttime magic. 

 

5) The Fringed Dress 

Miss Selfridge Tassel Dress, €200
M&S Black Fringe Dress by Twiggy, €80

One way to really make a statement at the office Christmas party is to invest in the perfect fringe dress. 

Not only will you look striking from the moment you enter, there is endless fun to be had from twirling your fringe around a dancefloor. 

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Following Jack Osbourne’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2012, it comes as no surprise that Kelly and Sharon would want to be a part of a campaign Race to Erase MS.

Uploading this wonderful photo to her Instgram account, Kelly wrote: “I had so much fun shooting the campaign for the second year in a row for @reacetoeraseMs! This year was way better because I got to do it with my mum@sharonosbourne!”

Kelly has been a part of the campaign for two years now but this will be Sharon’s first year.

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