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Being the eldest sibling isn’t easy. We often get blamed for everything, our siblings always steal our clothes and we had to put up with stricter rules when we were growing up.

However, our little brothers and sisters get away with murder.

A new report has revealed that the second born child is more likely to be a troublemaker and we’re not one bit surprised.

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MIT economist, Joseph Doyle, has discovered that the second-born child is more likely to misbehave and it has a lot to do with how parents reared them.

The report revealed that second-born children are 25 to 40 percent more likely to get in major trouble in school and even with the law.

Experts believe that this has a lot to do with how strict parents are with their first born and how they tend to go easy on their second-born.

The child’s role models are also completely different to their big brother or sister.

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Doyle explained to NPR, “The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings.”

He added, “Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency. It's just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time.”

Thanks for giving us another reason to love being the oldest, science!

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Eldest siblings, rejoice! We’ve got good news for you. A new study has found that the eldest child is the most intelligent.

The study found that there was “a strong negative relation between birth order and cognitive outcomes of children.”

This news will certainly boost the older siblings ego, but it is bound to cause major sibling rivalry in households across the country.

The study was conducted by teams of researchers at the Universities of Houston, New South Wales and Sheffield.

The teams discovered that older siblings feel more confident when it comes to their academic performances, whilst younger brothers and sisters can often doubt themselves.

This may be because the eldest sibling doesn’t have anyone to compare themselves to. However, as younger siblings know, you’re often compared to your big sister or brother.

There is a huge pressure on youngsters to perform better especially if their big brother is a math whiz, or if their older sister is a history buff.

The team explained that younger siblings may be ‘less intelligent’ because they don’t get as much attention from their parents, compared to their older siblings.

They said parental attention has a massive impact on children’s academic performance. For example, the youngest daughter may not feel as supported as her older brother did when he was in school because the parents have more children to focus on.

“Although later-born children are not born disadvantaged in their health or developmentally, we find that parents are unable to provide them with the same level of cognitive support as they do with their first-born,” they explained.

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Whether it’s a gift for your Mum, your best friend or yourself, these Christmas gift ideas are sure to please.

Becoming – A Guided Journal by Michelle Obama (published by Penguin Random House)

What's your journey of becoming? Based on Michelle Obama's bestselling memoir, this gorgeous journal features an intimate and inspiring introduction by the former First Lady and more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes to help you discover-and rediscover-your story.  "It's not about being perfect. It's not about where you get yourself in the end. There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there's grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become." – Michelle Obama

These pages will help you capture your own voice and journey so you can nurture your sense of belonging. Inside, you'll find an opportunity not only to take heart in the experiences that brought you to where you are today, but also to feel empowered to take those next steps, wherever they might lead.

RRP €18.99

Available in all good bookshops

Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder by Image Skincare

The onslaught of winter can impede the skin’s ability to shed dead skin cells naturally, which causes a build-up that casts a dull look over the skin and often highlights imperfections.  By exfoliating the skin, you can remove that build-up, and reveal the youthful and healthy cells below. The Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder is the best exfoliant for the job. This micro-exfoliator is made with coconut milk powder that is extremely gentle, so that you can use it as often and necessary. The result is skin that looks more radiant in mere seconds.  It contains a new generation of natural botanicals, enzymes and antioxidants to help skin reach a new level of radiance. A lovely gift for the person who needs a little TLC this Christmas.

RRP €41

Image Skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

L’Occitane Enchanting Rose Music Box

Gently turn this music box and let yourself be transported by the sweet melody of Nutcracker. Open it to discover four body treatments with rose floral notes.  This is a delightful gift containing 75ml Rose Shower Gel, 75ml Rose Body Lotion, 30ml Rose Hand Cream and 50g Rose Scented Soap all in a beautiful keepsake tin music box.

RRP €35

Available to purchase instore or online here

New Eau de Parfums Le Matin des Possibles and Le Soir de Possibles by Nuxe

Nuxe has added two eau de parfums to their fragrance collection, two emotions in direct contact with the skin captured in the evanescence of the first and last rays of sunshine: a fresh and luminous morning and a sensual and bold evening. The result is an intense and poetic duality, freeing your senses and finally making everything possible. The graduated shading of the bottles and textured effects on the boxes reflect the first and last rays of sunshine.

RRP €49.50
Nuxe is available from Arnotts, selected Boots, Cloud 10 Beauty and all major pharmacies nationwide.

Brooke & Shoals

Irish brand Brooke & Shoals is well known for their luxury gifting.  The multi award-winning range includes luxury gifts that smell amazing, create Irish jobs and have a lower carbon footprint than many other brands in their sector.  Their range comes in candles made using only natural wax, diffusers, hand wash and hand lotion in scent favourites such as White Lily Ylang Ylang, Elderflower, Rhubarb & Rose, Sweet Pea & Tea Rose, Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena & Bergamont, Saffron Patchouli & Oud, Sandalwood, Vanilla & Salted Caramel. Not only do they sell their stunning ribbon wrapped boxed candles, but they also have diffusers, hand wash, hand lotions and fragrances in the range too.   

Pictured above: Scented Candle – Green Fig & Vetiver Wood – RRP €22

Our must have for that Christmas present this year is their seasonal Frosted Ginger & Winter Berry candle.    It combines the comforting spices of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with the rich fruity notes of blackberries and bilberries to create a scent sensation that is so enticing, it is almost good enough to eat.

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The Brooke & Shoals Christmas Cracker Set includes 2 travel candles and retails at €20.

The Brooke & Shoals Christmas Bauble contains 1 travel candle and retails at €13.

Available from over 300 stockists nationwide including Meadows & Byrne, Carraig Donn, House of Fraser. Buy on-line at Brook & Shoals or we highly recommend a visit to their store in Greystones where they beautifully gift wrap all purchases. 

Image Skincare Beauty Sleep Collection
This is a lovely collection from Image Skincare for anyone who has had a tough year.  The products make the most of the skin’s auto-repair mode. The nourishing routine delivers moisturising upgrades to lock in goodness at night, while a pure silk sleep mask helps to better your beauty sleep, Antioxidant’s, Vitamin and Hyaluronic acid will help you wake up to revitalised skin. 

The collection includes the Image Skincare Max Stem Cell Facial Cleanser 118ml, Vital C Hydrating Overnight Mask 50ml, IMask Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask x2, Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum 15ml and pretty sleep mask gift.

RRP: €108.50

Image Skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Bondi Sands Glo Lights

New Bondi Sands Glo Lights is the perfect highlighter to give a lustrous, all day glow.  It’s a highly blendable, creamy highlighter to enhance and bring a natural glow to any complexion. Pioneered for everyday beauty, Glo Lights illuminating pigments work to softly glisten and give skin a touch of radiance to complete your makeup look. 

Available in three shades (Bronze, Gold and Pearl) to suit all skin types, the highlighter may be worn alone to illuminate high points where light naturally hits the face or mixed in with a base product such as foundation for an all-over, flawless glow.

RRP from €15.99

Available in McCauley’s pharmacy and Cloud10Beauty

Charlotte Posner

Introduce a touch of artistic fun to your everyday items with the Yoga Girl Water Bottle from Charlotte Posner. The bottle is stylishly designed with paintings of ladies in yoga-inspired poses, while it's made from non-leaking stainless steel and is lightweight to make things super convenient.  RRP €22.95

We also love her whimsical espresso set with fabulous ceramic mugs which we think will make a lovely Christmas gif this year.  RRP €55.95

The full Charlotte Posner range is available from Brown Thomas

CND Viviennne Westwood Junkyard Chic Collection

Designed by Marian Newman, this upcycled nail features chromed and metallized pieces of recycled plastic. Get this super scrapyard look using Brass Button or Mercurial, topped off with the CND Gel-Like Effect Topcoat for a high shine, metallic finish.

RRP €14.95

Available in good pharmacies nationwide.

Yon-Ka Paris Nutri+ Nutrition Booster

Oil rich serums are very beneficial for repairing depleted skins and preventing damage from heating, wind and cold which is why Yon-Ka Nutri+ booster, with cereal germ oils and vitamins, can be added to any day or night cream to add extra nourishment and improve the skin’s resilience.  This Ultra energetic oil nourishes and revitalizes all skin types. The skin lights up, recovering its suppleness, tone and vitality.

RRP €50

Yon-ka Paris skincare is available from approved salons nationwide.

Seoulista Beauty® Limited Edition Christmas Wonderland Advanced Clinic Duo

Seoulista Beauty have launched these wonderful purse-friendly luxury gift with two stylish limited-edition duos. 

Golden Goddess – featuring two of Seoulista Beauty’s Advanced Clinic Formulation Gold Glow Instant Facials, nestled in a gorgeous complimentary clutch, this is the perfect anti-ageing treat.   The Gold Glow Instant Facial is infused with 30ml of high-tech ingredients including: Niacinamide, Adenosine and Vitamin C, along with seven potent active botanicals and Bulgarian Rose Complex to firm, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Shine Like A Diamond – featuring two of Seoulista Beauty’s Advanced Clinic Formulation Diamond Radiance Instant Facials, in complimentary silver clutch, this is the perfect solution for bright and luminous skin.  The Diamond Radiance Instant Facial is infused with 30ml of high-tech ingredients including Niacinamide, Adenosine and Vitamin C, along with seven potent active botanicals to exfoliate brighten and hydrate the complexion. 

RRP €30

Available from Irish pharmacies and leading department stores nationwide and at www.seoulistabeauty.com.

Payot Hydra 24+ Concentré D’Eau 30ml

This serum provides a source of continuous hydration, it re-infuses the skin with water to quench thirsty skin. It provides intense and lasting hydration for 30 hours, to restore comfort, suppleness and radiance to the skin. This universal serum meets every woman’s needs and can be used in addition to all types of intense hydration care. Skin is intensely hydrated, plump and luminous.
We're in love with its ultra-cool, watery texture that is quickly. Its light scent diffuses notes of bergamot and white tea on a spellbinding musk base.

RRP €47

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online at here at Cosmetics Online.

Accessorize Reece Rainbow Sequinned Clutch Bag

Give this gift to the girl in your life who loves a night on the town – the stunning Reece rainbow bag is guaranteed to look the part. This slouchy clutch is coated in beads and sequins, fastening with a magnetic press stud and easily carried with a detachable chain strap. Fully lined with an interior zip pocket.

RRP €45.90

Available in Accessorize stores and online at Accessorize

Søstrene Grene Gentle Skin Care Series

The series called Pure Bliss is completely absent of perfume, and all the products in the series are recommended by Asthma Allergy Nordic and bear the new, common Nordic brand. When a product carries this brand, one can be sure that the product does not contain perfume.

As always with Søstrene Grene, the aesthetics are not forgotten either, and the packaging is carefully designed to be able to decorate the bathroom shelf.  The skin care series is also available in two variants with perfume for those who prefer care products with fragrance. These two series have the names Sage Dawn and Geranium Rain.  All three variants of the skin care series are otherwise vegan and labelled as such by The Vegan Society, meaning they do not contain any animal ingredients.

RRP: Bodybutter 200ml RRP €5.48; Bodyoil 100ml RRP €6.48; Bodyscrub 200ml RRP €6.48; Bodywash 500ml RRP €4.98; Hand lotion 250ml RRP €5.80; Hand soap 500 ml, RRP €4.98

Available from Søstrene Grene stores

Real Techniques Artists Essentials Brush Set

Build her brush collection with the Real Techniques Artists Essentials. A step beyond the everyday essentials, this is an edit of artist brushes to detail, define, and accentuate €24.99 worth over €45 if you buy individually.  The set contains:  RT 217 Expert Edge Large Brush, RT 421 Soft Accent, RT 420 Spotlight Fan Brush, RT 317 Smudge Liner and RT 425 Lip Smudge Brush – pretty much every brush she will need.

RRP €24.99

Available from Shaws, all major pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies nationwide.

Birdhouse Nesting Box 5 Colours

For the women who has everything, these beautiful bird feeders are the gift that keeps on giving all year round.  From the Blue Door, these bird houses from Sweden convert into nesting boxes in the spring.  They come in 5 colours and we think they are so pretty.

RRP €59

Available from The Blue Door

Kilkenny Shop Jewellery & Knitwear

Kilkenny always has a focus on beautiful Irish jewellery and knitwear accessories. A gift that means more because it has a rich, local story because it is of the highest quality and because it is beautifully designed. This year, Kilkenny has a host of beautiful gifts, but our favourite is the Juvi and Jo Harpur jewellery from this look.

RRPs – Necklace by Jo Harper €120, Necklace by Juvi €165, Necklace by Juvi €75, Earrings by Jo Harpur €64, Bracelet by Jo Harper €78 (Top by Inwear €69.95)

Available from Kilkenny Shop or online here

Bird Cage Handbag

This stunning Missguided Bird Cage Handbag will brighten up any little black dress this Christmas. Gold frame with black velvet inner bag embellished with rhinestones and pearls.

RRP €33
Available from Zalando

Book Subscription Box by The Book Resort

The Book Resort is a new book subscription box company based in Waterford that delivers a luxury box with a new book, delicious Irish chocolate and a small surprise to book lovers every month. Monthly subscriptions are available and one-time gift boxes can be sent as a gift along with a handwritten card on the customers behalf. All suppliers are small Irish businesses. Offering free nationwide delivery (including to the North of Ireland).

Boxes are priced at €23 for a monthly subscription and €25 for a gift box.

Available from The Book Resort
 

Happy Plugs

Happy Plugs deluxe edition headphones and mic pretty as picture in pink.

Available from Zalando
RRP €33

Dermalogica Be Bright Ornament

This year’s Dermalogica collection includes four kits, priced from €16.50 to €97.50, and includes a mix of best-selling hero products and new innovations in both travel and retail sizes. Each kit also features unique packaging artwork derived from street artist Kelsey Montague’s murals – inspiring buyers to make her bold, uplifting art a part of their holiday gift-giving.  Their holiday ornament features 13g Daily Microfoliant with a cut out wing design by Kelsey is a gorgeous gift for some one who loves good quality skincare products.

RRP €16.50

Dermalogica x Kelsey Montague is available at Dermalogica-authorised spas, salons and skin centres and at dermalogica.ie

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker

A Christmas cracker filled with a trio of scented surprises. English Pear & Freesia Cologne (9ml), Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Wash (15ml) and Basil & Neroli Body Crème (15ml).

RRP €38
Available from Brown Thomas

Life is Better with Make-Up Day Look by Fuschia

Well-established premium make-up brand Fuschia believes that everyone needs a secret helper, to feel strong enough and confident enough to go out and perform at their absolute best. At Fuschia they make it their business to provide the tools for women everywhere to feel like this, every single day. They call this ‘The Fuschia Effect’.  This ‘Life is Better with Make-Up Day Look’ gift set includes the Fuschia Life is better with eye shadow palette, shine gloss, lippy, liner, blush and highlight.

RRP €47.50

Available in professional salons and pharmacies nationwide and for purchase on www.fuschia.ie

Personalised French Jam by Confiture Parisienne

There is nothing quite like a special jar of jam or marmalade – you’d never buy it for yourself but you’d love to receive it as a gift.  The jam collection from Confiture Parisienne is just that gift.  Made by hand in extremely small quantities using only the best seasonal fruit their jams are to die for.  You can customise the label when ordering so everyone knows to keep their hands off this thoughtful gift.  Varieties include raspberry, apricot and star anise, rhubarb with rose water or their divine chocolate cream tartine noisette. 

RRP from €9.90

Available from Confiture Parisienne

Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser

Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser was designed with both the professional and non-professional in mind. It has been produced and manufactured in Ireland and designed to change the mindset around brush cleaning and to take the “chore” element away. With modern day busy schedules, most of us, unless in the professional trade, don’t find the time to clean our makeup brushes and tools as often as we should.  This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibres on both natural hair and synthetic brushes so that brushes will last longer.

It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of your brushes. Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser removes pigments, oil and product residue leaving your brushes smelling fresh and ready for re-use within minutes.

RRP €20

Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser is available in over 600 stockists nationwide. Find stockists on www.ellaandjo.ie

Lugano Belle loungewear by Melissa Mills Bari

We’ve been lusting after Melissa Mills Bari lounge wear and robes for quite some time so it’s no surprise that her new Lugano Belle collection makes the cut.   It’s a limited-edition collection with stunning piping trim detail on the pocket, cuff and hem, made with 100% cotton and has pretty mother of pearl buttons.

RRP €69

Available from MMB Melissa Mills Bari

Gym+Coffee Gift Boxes

Gym+Coffee athleisure and lifestyle brand has a lovely range of gift boxes this year which feature their high-quality Irish designed clothing.  This year, they have launched 7 gift box options for women.  Each box contains their famous leggings, perfect tee, beanie, water bottle and socks with various colour options on offer.  Combinations in-store have a little more flexibility in product choice.

RRP €100

Gift boxes can bought in Republic of Ireland stores or online here.

Where the Wild Cooks Go (Hardback) by Cerys Matthews (published by Penguin)

This book by Cerys Matthews is not your ordinary book gift.  Cook your way around the world with Cerys Matthews' Where the Wild Cooks Go, with a Spotify playlist ready for each country, as well as poems, proverbs, curiosities and some very surprising aspects of world history. The pages of her 'folk cookbook' are brim-full of generations' old nuggets of wisdom, as well as stories about Catatonia touring days and other escapades, plus over a hundred recipes and cocktail ideas from 15 countries. 

RRP €28

Available from all good book shops

Night Time Renewal Set by The Inkey List

British brand The Inkey List has caused quite bit of a stir since its launch last year. Hailed as a new The Ordinary, the extremely affordable range of skincare essentials has a gorgeous Night Time Renewal set this Christmas – a duo of two top products from The Inkey List. It includes: Retinol – the powerful anti-ageing ingredient renowned for stimulating collagen production and promoting skin renewal to reveal a more youthful-looking complexion and Polyglutamic Acid which plumps the skin and appearance of fine lines. Can hold four times as much moisture as Hyaluronic Acid and it also works as a fantastic primer before makeup application.

RRP €25

Available from Cloud10Beauty and good pharmacies nationwide

Apivita Intensive Moisturising Hand Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Honey

This intensive moisturising cream helps to maintain the hands naturally hydration, while at the same time it nourishes and protects the skin.  It moisturises beautifully thanks to ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, organic aloe vera juice, organic Greek olive oil and panthenol.   The addition or organic beeswax and shea butter helps prevent irritation.  It has a rich texture that is easily absorbed leaving hands extremely soft.

RRP €8

Available in pharmacies nationwide and www.cosmeticsonline.ie

Blank Canvas – Tools To Match Your Talent Brush Set

This is a gorgeous Christmas present for the beauty guru in your life.  It is a three-tiered box set which contains 40 face and eye brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. The value of the whole set comes to €440, which means a saving of €190.

RRP €250

Available from Cloud10Beauty, Blank Canvas and good pharmacies nationwide

Gift Card from Hermans Hair Salon

Hermans hair salon, Grafton street has been in business for almost 50 years and is one of Dublin city’s longest standing salons. Since then Hermans has opened salons in Dundrum Town Centre, Grafton Street and Ballinteer along with Knights on the Green and Dundrum Town Centre. To thank its loyal customers this Christmas every Hermans client will receive a festive Christmas card filled with special discounts for the month of January to help beat those January blues.  Included in each card is a blowdry for just €20 and €20 off any colour with a cut.  If you aren’t lucky enough to receive one of these vouchers, you can always pick a gift voucher up instore for that special someone.

RRP FREE! to loyal customers

Available from Hermans Hair Salon

Boots Soap & Glory Glazm-azing Goddess Collection

This is a dinky gift of a make-up selection from Soap & Glory.  This goddess-worthy set features: Thick & Fast™ High-Definition Mascara in Jet Black 10ml, Crazy sexy kohl™ in Smoulder 0.5g, Love At First Blush™ Rosy-Radiance Shimmer Powder 7.5g and Spectaculips™ Lip Plumping Gloss in Bare Enough 7ml.  With four products for €26 it’s a great price point too.

RRP €26

Available from all Boots stores and Boots.ie

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We’ve got good news for those of you who are the eldest sibling in your family. You may have to deal with your younger brother always asking you for a lift or your little sister stealing your clothes when you’re not home, but all is not lost.

A new study has found that there is one major perk to being the oldest sibling.

Researchers revealed that the eldest child is usually the smartest.

 

Apparently, there is “a strong negative relation between birth order and cognitive outcomes of children.”

The study was conducted by teams of researchers at the Universities of Houston, New South Wales and Sheffield.

The teams discovered that older siblings feel more confident when it comes to their academic performance, whilst younger brothers and sisters can often doubt themselves.

This may be because the eldest sibling doesn’t have anyone to compare themselves to. However, as younger siblings know, you’re often compared to your big sister or brother.

The team explained that younger siblings may be ‘less intelligent’ because they don’t get as much attention from their parents, compared to their older siblings.

They said parental attention has a massive impact on children’s academic performance. For example, the youngest daughter may not feel as supported as her older brother did when he was in school because the parents have more children to focus on.

“Although later-born children are not born disadvantaged in their health or developmentally, we find that parents are unable to provide them with the same level of cognitive support as they do with their first-born,” they explained.

 

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This little bit of new research is very heart-warming.

As much as we all love our siblings, it turns out we love our dogs a little bit more than them.

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In an unsurprising, but lovely study, it was confirmed that even though we love our siblings, we actually trust dogs more.

The research was carried out on 77 12-year-olds in the UK, and found that pets not only make kids happier, but they also get along better with them, too.

Girls in particular are closer to their pet pooches, and also have a higher level of companionship with them, compared to boys.

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Matt Cassells, one of the researchers, said: “Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people.

“Even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings.

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“The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental.”

We'll forever love our pups.

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Ariana Grande has been through hell and back throughout these past few years. The 25-year-old was left traumatised after the Manchester terrorist attack in 2017. This year, the No Tears Left To Cry singer lost her friend and former partner Mac Miller.

And now, her relationship with SNL cast member Pete Davidson has dwindled. It was revealed that the couple has called off their engagement and have decided to go their separate ways.

According to reports, Pete was not emotionally supportive enough following Mac Miller’s death, which led to their break-up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following news of their break-up, Ariana’s brother Frankie took to Instagram to express his love for his little sister.

As a sign of support, her 35-year-old brother posted a video with his sister’s song Breathin playing in the background.

“Good morning to my beautiful, beautiful sister. I love you so much and you’re with me right now in Iceland. Listen!” he wrote.

Ariana has been swarmed with loving messages from both family and friends since news of her separation broke.

#WeLoveYouAriana has been trending on Twitter where fans have been sharing supportive messages with the God Is a Woman singer.

“I just can’t even imagine how our love is feeling rn. I really just want a long time where Ariana is happy and it seems like 2018 is just not proving to be the year for that. 2019 hurry up,” one fan shared.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another wrote: “You are worthy of all the love in the world, never forget we got your back, love you always and forever.”

“Ariana is a talented, powerful, independent woman. Her music has helped me through some of my toughest times, and I hope us fans can do the same for her.”

Ariana has yet to publicly comment on her reported break-up.

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If you grew up among siblings who seemed intent on making your life a living hell, you'll know all too well the array of tricks they used to drive you up the effing wall.

From subtle digs to all-out war, most of us spent our childhoods looking over our shoulder, primed for the next attack.

And while the vast majority of us can laugh at their exploits now (and admit we were equally as guilty), at the time the anguish was oh-so-real.

And here are just 9 things they could do like no one else…

1. Hide the remote

We'll be honest, we spent more time as children wrestling our siblings on the sitting room floor for possession of the remote than actually watching TV.

And while carpet burns and gouged skin was hardly a walk in the park, realising your sibling had hidden the remote was a whole different level of torture.

"I'll set the house on fire if you don't tell me where it is."

2. Read your diary

The really devious wouldn't come right out and say they had gotten 12 weeks deep in your diary, but would instead drop hints that have you questioning their moral compass.

Instead of admitting they know the ins and outs of your 'private life', they would allude to random secrets during family meals in order to watch you squirm. And the worst part? You couldn't accuse them of reading your diary, because you'd end up ratting yourself out.

"So, I didn't get any detention this week. What about you?"

3. Repeat everything you said

If they tried it these days, we'd simply stick our headphones in our ears, question their sanity and immerse ourselves in Netflix, but as a child it was a lot harder to handle.

All they had to do was raise their voice slightly, adopt a super annoying tone, and repeat every sentence you said in order to reduce you to a red-faced, shrieking mess.

"Maaaaaaaam, tell him to stop imitating me!"

4. Make your friends laugh at you

This generally only worked if your sibling was older than you and your friends were out to impress, and hell did it hurt.

With just a little encouragement, your mates could be convinced to join in sibling-inspired name-calling or indulge in some mocking, and never did the betrayal run so deep.

"Did you know she still wets the bed at night?"

5. Scare the bejaysus out of you

At some point or another, it's likely you shared a bedroom with your sibling which meant that there were approximately eight unsupervised hours where they could terrify you to their heart's content.

From insisting they could see someone beneath your bed to planting seeds that there was someone lurking in the wardrobe, they knew how to make the most out of your discomfort.

"Now don't freak out, but I know that wardrobe door was closed when we turned off the lights…"

6. Force you into misbehaving

OK, it's not like we weren't able to do this one by ourselves, but there were occasions when we'd have opted for a quiet life and our siblings forced us into doing something which invariably ended in the outbreak of World War 3 in our family home.

Whether it was skipping mass with a sibling and getting caught or lamping a ball over a neighbour's wall 'for the craic', siblings got some kick out of seeing you take the fall.

"Look, there were two of us in it and you're as much to blame as I am."

7. Censor films and TV programmes… for the craic

Sometimes your siblings took on the role of surrogate parents and prevented you from watching things they didn't deem suitable which, in a way, was fair enough.

And then there were the times they simply decided you weren't watching something for no other reason than they said so.

"I know it's only The Simpsons, but you'll probably have nightmares."

8. Tell on you

Ratting you out to your parents was the ultimate betrayal… especially considering the fact you kept schtum about their most recent indiscretion.

Hearing your sins laid bare in front of your parents by a smug sibling totally justified the biggest revenge plot of all time.

"Keep talking, You'll get yours, you sly pig."

9. Excluding you

Your mam may have insisted your older sibling let you tag along with their friends, but the minute you mam was out of sight, you were shoved in a bush so fast your head would spin.

There you were skipping merrily alongside your new pals, and the next you were picking thorns out of your arse and wondering where the hell everyone had gone.

"Helloooo? I don't know how to get home!!"

 

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The relationship you have with your siblings are unlike any other.

When you were kids, you fought, hit, shouted and screamed at them all day long, and if you told your parents about their naughty behaviour? 'They didn't mean it, they're only young', are the words you'd hear them say.

And let's not get started on little brothers… they did just about anything to wind you up back in the day.

Well, older siblings, prepare to feel very smug because science has just found out something that you have known all along.

Little brothers are born naughty.

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Yep, scientists studied datasets from Florida, all the way to Denmark and found that little brothers just can't help themselves from being bold.

In the report, named Birth Order and Delinquency (what a name), the researchers said: “In families with two or more children, second-born boys are on the order of 20 to 40 per cent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when we compare siblings.”

Ouch!

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It's not all bad though, as it has been found that younger siblings are also more laid back and funny.

“The most significant difference is in feeling the burden of responsibility – most (54 per cent) firstborns say they are more responsible than their siblings, compared to 31 per cent of last-borns.

“Younger siblings, on the other hand, are more likely to say they are more funny (46 per cent compared to 36 per cent of elder siblings), more easy going and more relaxed.”

The study ended by explaining that because older siblings were usually told to "keep an eye" on their younger brothers or sisters, "elder siblings are more likely to feel more organised and able to prioritise their own lives. Likewise, younger siblings are more likely to feel more favoured by their parents.”

So, there you have it.

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My sister was born in July of 2006 and I turned 12 that August – and for most families that's a huge gap.

But in this day and age, families come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

So, if your brother or sister was born years after you first emerged on the planet, here are 8 truths you'll know to be true:

1. People will think you're the mother

And considering I still look about 12 and she's now 10-years-old, people get seriously confused.

You will mostly play along when people call you 'mam', but still get a little freaked out.

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2. Even nurses are mistaken

The first day I went to visit my sister in hospital, my mam popped out to the loo and I was holding Áine in my arms. The nurse then came by and STARED at me and said, "I've seen mothers young, but not that young."

Erm… OK? Check yo' facts, woman…

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3. You hear about your friends fighting with their siblings and wonder what the fuss is about

Because there's such a big gap, you probably moved out of home a few years after they were born, so you never clashed while growing up.

Don't get me wrong, I still argue with my sister, but stories of sibling rivalry really amuse me.

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4. They have it SO lucky

Your parents basically tested everything out on you and if they thought some activity was too dangerous to do, you weren't allowed do it.

But, at this stage everything has been tried and tested, and your parents realise that no, she won't die if she gets a pair of rollerskates.

(Yep, rollerskates were too dangerous for me so I had to RUN beside all the other kids skating down to school… thanks, mam.)

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5. If you were an only child beforehand, having a sibling (at first) was seriously weird

Who is this person who just came screaming into the family? How do I hol… oh crap, I just bashed her head against the wall.

You just weren't used to looking after another person…

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6. You're basically their cooler, younger parent

You worry about them non-stop, but are way more understanding (and chill) than your parents.

And if your sibling can't get around your mam or dad, you can bet they'll come to you next. And you, of course, will give in.

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7. You still hold their hand

Since you were old enough to remember them being born and you saw them growing up, you're fiercely protective.

And if you drop them off at school, you still give them a kiss goodbye even though it's SO not cool *death stares being sent your way from the school gates*

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8. But honestly, they'll always be your baby

You have a special bond with them that absolutely nobody else has.

And even though there's years between you, you just get each other and will always be there for each other.

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 Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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There are millions of things siblings argue about: who's mum's favourite, who gets the last Wagon Wheel, and who is the smartest, funniest or most athletic sibling. 

Luckily, a team of expert researchers at the University of Edinburgh has answered one of the eternal familial questions.

If you are the oldest sibling, you officially have something to brag about because new research is suggesting that first-born children are actually smarter than their younger counterparts.

The research was based on IQ scores, which came out as overwhelmingly higher for older siblings.

A group of 5,000 children were monitored for the research, from the Journal of Human Resources.

Experts think that this may be because the first-born receives more mental stimulation from their parents, in comparison to their younger siblings.

Pity we couldn't find a way to outsmart our sister into not fleecing our wardrobes growing up.

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Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have become the first sisters in the world to both have number one albums.

The famous duo broke a new world record this week when Solange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, took the Billboard Top 200 chart’s top spot.

After selling 72,000 copies in the first week, the work quickly became Bey’s little sister’s first No.1 album and in doing so allowed the Knowles’ to join Michael and Janet Jackson and Master P and Silkk The Shocker as the only siblings in the world to get their albums to the top of the charts.

Last week Queen B took to Instagram to congratulate 30-year-old Solange on the release of her new music.

The 35-year-old Texan wrote: “Congrats to my sister on creating this beautiful work of art.  I could not be more proud of you.”

Six of Beyoncé’s albums have already achieved chart-topping success.

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Taylor Swift already has #SquadGoals down to a fine art, but over the weekend she thought it was time to show off her #SiblingGoals.

On Friday, it was her brother Austin's 24th birthday and Taylor took to Instagram to celebrate.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!!!! Thanks for 24 years of LOLs. @austinkingsleyswift

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Posting a super cute throwback snap, Tay captioned the pic: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!!!! Thanks for 24 years of LOLs. @austinkingsleyswift"

It was nearly as cute as when Austin threw out his Yeezy's to support his sister in her spat with Kanye.

 

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

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He took a bit of humour on with the caption, saying: "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again."

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