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From unicorn makeup brushes to unicorn beanie hats, the mythical equine characters are certainly having a moment.

Our most recent obsession? Unicorn nail art.

The magical trend is taking over Instagram, with the site boasting almost 15,000 tagged snaps of pink, sparkly fabled fingertips.

The look involves creating a feature nail with a raised spiral design, just like a unicorn horn, before layering on the glitter and pastels.

 

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These nails are the perfect remedy to winter's dark and subdued nail shades.

The results include an amazing set of envy-evoking nails and an influx of Instagram likes – what's not to love?

We're dying to try the trend. 

 

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Nail biting has long been considered one of the worst bad habits you can develop, but all that might be about to change as a new study has revealed that having a cheeky chew might actually be good for you.

Researchers in New Zealand have found that children who bite their nails or suck their thumbs are less likely to develop allergies than those who don’t because all that under-nail bacteria we’ve been so long warned off actually seems to have a strengthening effect on the body’s immune system.

The investigation – which has been published in the Pediatrics journal – is based on the hygiene hypothesis which states that the more germs and bacteria you are exposed to in childhood, the stronger your immune system is likely to be in adulthood.

The study – which involved 1,000 people – assessed thumb sucking and nail biting habits at ages five, seven, nine and eleven and tested for allergies in 13 and 32-year-olds.

Almost one third of the children involved were found to be regular thumb suckers or nail biters and these children were significantly less likely to be allergic to dust mites and pets in their teens than their non-nail biting counterparts.

This effect was also found to last into adulthood but does not apply to asthma or hay fever at any age.

While there are still obvious disadvantages to biting your nails, the study does show that even the worst of habits can have their benefits.

Feat image: Maxcure Hospitals 

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We all like to watch an exciting magic trick on television every once in a while (hands up Derren Brown lovers?!) but TV viewers were left horrified when a magician's stunt went very wrong.

While appearing on a morning show in Poland, a magic trick took an awful turn when the magician accidentally pierced the hand of the presenter he was performing on.

The stomach-turning video shows Question For Breakfast host Marzena Rogalska, 46, holding her hand over a paper bag waiting to perform a stunt prepared by the Poland's Got Talent semi-finalist.

But when the reality star asks Marzena to drop her hand, she screams in agony as a nail pierces through it.

The host then drops to the floor and is rushed off camera to receive medical treatment.

The Sun reports that she was then taken to hospital where her injury was discovered to be superficial and she was given a tetanus shot.
Marzena later wrote to her fans on Facebook, saying: "Thank you for your support. I'm alive. Everything will be fine."

 

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