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Whether it's an impromptu sleepover or you've just forgotten to pack a few essentials, there comes a time in every relationship when someone is going to have to borrow an item belonging to their other half.

Deodorant, phone chargers, the new toothbrush in the bathroom press – it's pretty much all up for grabs when you're sharing a room for the night. After all, sharing is caring, right?

Few things are off limits – not even underwear.

According to a new survey conducted by fashion company Style Compare, almost half of all women aged between 18 and 24 like to borrow their partner's underwear from time to time.

In fact, 40 per cent of women admitted they had borrowed their boyfriend's boxers on more than one occasion over the last year.

What's more, 17 per cent of men said they borrowed their girlfriend's underwear  – though we have a sneaky suspicion the actual figure is probably higher.

All in all, results showed that 14 per cent of the 2,000 people survey (both men and women across all age groups) said they had borrowed their partner's underwear at one point or another. 

For us women though, it seems we're drawn to the comfort offered by male under garments, with a spokesperson for Style Compare saying: “Men benefit from designs that put support and comfort first” – which, let's face it, is completely true.

Give us flowy cotton shorts over lace thongs any day of the week.

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Wedding etiquette can be tricky business – how much should you spend on a gift? Is it rude to leave before 11pm? Can I tweet this photo of the bride?

Most people will have their own individual answers to these questions, but with so many differing opinions out there, it is easy for lines to become blurred.

In an effort to shed light on the general consensus of Irish wedding do's and don'ts, gift card company, One4All, surveyed 599 adults, and the result were very interesting indeed.

Destination weddings have increased in popularity over the past few years, and with that, many wedding guests are asked to travel abroad for their loved one's special day.

While this can often be a costly affair, 37 per cent of those polled said they would travel anywhere to watch their nearest and dearest tie the knot.

A further 61 per cent said they would travel outside Ireland, while 59 per cent agreed a wedding abroad would be an enjoyable experience.

When it came to gifts, research showed that Irish wedding attendees spend an average of €186 on bridal presents.

Add that to the cost of a new outfit, drinks at the reception and overnight accommodation and guests are looking at spending €643 on average per wedding – ouch!

But hey, you'll almost certainly get a fancy sit down meal – or at least 88 per cent of us think we should. Another 57 per cent believe a second helping of food should be provided later in the evening.

Interestingly, just 3 per cent of Irish adults believe a free bar should be provided at a wedding reception.

Opinions on social media differ from couple to couple, but with one in 10 people in Ireland revealing they have attended a wedding with its very own hashtag, it looks like technology is starting to play a bigger part in our nuptials.

That being said, the traditional approach also proved popular with 16 per cent saying they would consider a social media ban on their wedding day.

Commenting on the survey findings, group marketing manager for One4all Ireland, Aoife Davey, said:

“The research shows that the majority of people in Ireland are willing to go above and beyond for the wedding celebrations of loved ones whether that means travelling abroad or splashing out on a generous gift, and wedding guests prefer personal weddings now more than ever.”

We're a very generous bunch all together.

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Ever wonder at what age you'll be considered too old to do the things you love?  Well the results of a newly published British survey are here to tell you just that.

Last month Retiresavvy surveyed 2,000 British people to discover their attitudes towards aging and the results they obtained are pretty grim by all accounts.

“Wearing skinny jeans is not acceptable after you turn 47,” reports the retirement planning website, and once you hit 40 “going on a lads’ or girls’ holiday is out if the question”.

The survey revealed that having a favourite boyband and using text talk isn’t acceptable past 36, while getting tattoos and piercings are activities which should be reserved for those under 38 (we wonder what Dame Judi Dench and her new tat would think of that).

To put the results into context: 37-year-old Kate Hudson might be young enough to bare her bum on Insta but is too old to like boybands, 41-year-old Angelina Jolie can wow on any red carpet but is too old to go on holiday with her friends and 47-year-old Jennifer Anistion can still rock a bikini but needs to reconsider her jean collection.

In some non-ageist news, social media is supposedly acceptable at any age so at least you can Tweet away your anger about not being allowed wear skinny jeans into your fifties.

And thankfully women are more likely than men to reject the stereotypes of old age so hopefully those who are rocking their skinnies, tattoos and One Direction tees will happily continue to do so despite the survey’s findings. 

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We've all had those moments of madness where we think to ourselves: "What if…" 

But if you never let those thoughts materialise into actions, you may be less common than you think. 

According to a survey by Illicit Encounters, 6 out of 10 women not only think about having sex with an ex-lover, but actively pine for it. 

Yep, and over a third of women would consider meeting up with an ex if they were approached on a social media site such as Facebook. 

Another surprising statistic from the survey revealed that only 44% of women said their best sex was with their current partner (compared to 71% of men.) 

"We have found the ‘greener grass syndrome' is a significant driver of female registrations," said Christian Grant, a spokesperson for Illicit Encounters

"Women are becoming increasingly sexually assertive and less prepared to settle for second best in a relationship.

"Women don’t tend to marry the guy they had great sex with. They marry for more ‘sensible’ attributes – like whether he’ll be loyal and a good father." 

Other fascinating results of the survey concluded that: 

  • Over 56% of women admitted they had their best sex with previous partners rather than their current one 
  • 59% regularly fantasise about sex with previous partners 
  • Only 4% of women said their best sex was with a one night stand (and only 3% of men said the same)
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A recent survey has concluded that Irish men really don't like excess body hair on women. 

According to the Therapie Clinic who conducted the survey, nearly three-quarters of the 254 men questioned said that they would most likely not date a woman who failed to take care of her body hair. 

Ouch. 

Furthermore, 52% said they disliked hair on women and a further half said they would actively encourage women to get their body hair removed. 

And while it would be very easy to start giving out about Irish men at this point, it seems that Irish women can be equally critical. 

Only 6% of surveyed women admitted they found very hairy chests attractive and the majority said they found excess back hair to be extremely off-putting. 

And it seems that 4 out of every 10 women would encourage their man to tame his bodily hair. 

Yep, while we do not like these results, it seems that the women are just as bad as the men for encouraging grooming. 

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The countdown is officially on for Christmas, and along with gift-buying and party-planning, many Irish women are feeling overwhelmed by something else entirely.

Three in four Irish women admit they feel under pressure to look their best during the festive period, and over half of us (51%) say we’re worried about the ageing process.

Indeed, a shocking eight in ten (86%) of women said they’d consider having non-invasive cosmetic procedures like fillers, laser treatments and anti-wrinkle injections to help counteract the signs of ageing.

The results come as part of SHEmazing’s! Cosmetic Beauty research, which saw 994 women give their opinions on ageing, cosmetic procedures and the need to live up to a social media ideal of beauty.

Along with increased pressure from all sides to look our best, it seems cosmetic work – both surgical and non-surgical – is no longer just for the celebrity elite.

For many of us, the thought of getting a cosmetic procedure might be a long way off, but that’s certainly not the case for the 16% of participants who say they’ve already undergone one, be it surgical or non-surgical.

Of those, a whopping 18% made like the Kardashian-Jenner sisters and had their first procedure before the age of 20, while the majority (51%) chose to have work done in their 20s.

"The cosmetic beauty industry in Ireland is experiencing rapid growth. In the past year alone, Ireland has seen the rise in convenient lunchtime procedures such as derma and lip fillers," says SHEmazing!’s Susan Vickers.

And if you’re looking for Christmas present ideas, you might be in luck, as 54% of women surveyed said they be more than happy to receive a voucher for a cosmetic procedure as a festive gift.

Of course, cosmetic procedures aren’t the only answer when it comes to looking our best – and over half of us count regular exercise as a key way to prevent signs of ageing.

As for other lifestyle changes, 38% of us do our best to get enough shut-eye, and 54% try to maintain a healthy diet.

Speaking about the "eye-opening" results, Susan said the rise of social media could be to blame for women’s unrealistic ideals of beauty.

"The rise in digital media and social networking platforms has fuelled young people’s obsession with aesthetics," she said, citing Instagram and Snapchat as two examples.

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One urban legend has been debunked with regards to our activity in the bedroom.

While it has been long believed that men are the ones who just can’t wait to get it on, Kindara a fertility app asked their female users how they really felt about sex and came up with some interesting findings.

As it turns out, women want sex just as much as their partners- or even more.

After surveying 500 of their female users about their opinions on the female libido it was found that 75 per cent said they want to have sex with their partners more than three times a week.

Another 13 per cent said that they wanted to have sex more than six times a week. More than half of the women surveyed said that they were not entirely satisfied with the amount of sex they were currently having.

While 72 per cent of those surveyed said they orgasm every time they’re with their partner and “many” do multiple times, just over half said an emotional connection was key to “good” sex. 23 percent cited foreplay as being more important.

The biggest obstacle when it comes to women fulfilling these desires: stress.

40 per cent of those surveyed cited stress as being the number one reason that aren't having as much sex as they would like.

However, 18 per cent of those surveyed revealed that absolutely nothing would get in their way if they wanted to have sex. 

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We all know that we’re supposed to down 2ltr of water a day.

We know it helps keep hunger pangs at bay; helps our skin and hair look its best, and helps keep our brains in tip-top working order.

But equally, most of us are fully aware of just how difficult it is to keep up a dedicated hydration routine.

Whether we’re put off by having to pop to the toilet every 30minutes, or because we’re more inclined to tuck into coffee, tea and soft drinks – having plenty of water is one of those things that should be straightforward… but rarely is.

In fact, one survey has now confirmed that seven out of ten of us simply don’t hit that 2ltr target – and that’s despite 75 percent of us being aware of our body’s daily water needs.

The same report, which has been compiled by BRITA, also confirmed that men trump women: males are almost twice as likely than females to hit their daily water consumption target (can we not blame our smaller bladders?).

Some 13 percent of respondents furthermore admitted that they’re just too lazy to drink up – although eight out of ten are happy to stick to tap rather than bottled water.

BRITA Ireland said in response that it was “really surprised at some of the research findings, particularly that 70 percent of those surveyed aren’t drinking the recommended daily allowance of water despite knowing the health benefits”.

The survey has been released to promote the BRITA Fill&Go – a BPA-free reusable water bottle which boasts a week-long lasting filter to remove impurities and nasty after-tastes.

Meanwhile, if you find that you’re one of the 70 percent who’s regularly feeling parched (we're guilty as charged), the company furthermore has five top tips for hitting that 2ltr daily water goal.

So drink up!

1) Add flavour: Adding fruit or herbs to your water gives it a lift and makes it less boring. Try mint, lemon or lime, strawberries, raspberries or pineapple.

2) Keep it close:  Most of us don’t drink enough water because we forget or are too lazy. If you have a bottle of water nearby, in your bag or on your desk, you’ll find you drink more of it during the day.

3) Get into a routine: Make an effort to have a glass when you wake up or after you brush your teeth, before your lunch and while you make dinner.

4) Cool down: Throw some ice-cubes in your non-water drinks – it will actually increase your overall intake. In fact, for fans of homemade juices and smoothies, adding in ice-cubes can actually add up to a full glass of water.

5) Try an app: WaterYourBody or Drinking Water can help you on your way. Alternatively, a few alerts on your phone throughout the day will remind you to hit the water-cooler. 

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Tourists from all over the world flock to our little island every day, but it seems us Irish are the ones who need to focus on getting to know the country better.

It turns out that being aware of the ins and outs of Ireland isn't just about swotting up on the best chipper or the cheapest cocktails within a five mile radius. A new survey by the Jurys Inn hotel group revealed that, far from being experts on their homeland, one in three Irish people can't pick out Co. Cavan on a map, with 20% not recognising Mayo and a further 18% not knowing where Tipperary is.

In fact, it looks like we'd all fail Junior Cert Geography these days, as 25% of Irish people cannot name the county that is home to Ben Bulben and one in ten admit they have no idea where the Giant's Causeway is. The answers are Sligo and Antrim, just for the record.

The real test came when participants were asked to guess whether some …unusual… Irish place names were real or fake. A huge 82% of us believe that Doodys Bottoms is a fake name, something the people of Co. Wicklow might not be too happy to hear. As for Bastardstown, Co. Wexford, 64% of Irish people refuse to believe it exists.

The verdict? It's time to get out there and reconnect with Ireland. One in four Irish people say they've seen more tourist attractions abroad than here on the Emerald Isle, so why not choose a staycation this summer instead of forking out for flights?

With the weather finally picking up and a few bank holidays on the way, let's embrace all that our lovely little country has to offer. Any chance of a lift to Doodys Bottoms?

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With phrases like ‘swiping right’ and ‘POF hook-ups’ becoming part of our daily discourse, we were eager to find out just how many of you have taken the plunge and uploaded a personal profile in a bid to find Mr. Right…or in some cases, Mr. Right Now.

You ladies were split almost directly down the middle about whether there was a stigma attached to this modern dating method and yet a massive 71% of you have tried it! 

Even more impressive is the fact that 40% of these dates have turned into serious relationships. Not too shabby!

Curiosity was the main motivator for all you online daters out there, while in true Irish form the notion that it was bound to be a bit of craic came in a close second. We’re just slaves to the banter, aren’t we?

The majority of you use Tinder as your digital cupid and your response was overwhelmingly positive, but we weren’t surprised to hear that some encounters were a little less than perfect!

Declarations of love on the first date (no, really) and confirmation that guys have no problem lying about their height online were just some of the deets you generous girls disclosed to us.

Looking out for your fellow ladies, you advised each other not to be too trusting, not to message the guy for too long before eventually meeting and to remember that many wonderful relationships all started with that first swipe right!

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This will be music to musicians’ ears.

A new study has found that a guitar can instantly boost a man’s attractiveness.

Yes, according to research carried out in the UK, a staggering 90 per cent of people surveyed admitted that playing the guitar is one of the sexiest qualities a man can possess.

Cue men everywhere banging down the doors of their local music store.

Among the draws of musically gifted men is the belief that they are ‘good with their hands’, while over half of those surveyed said they were attracted to the ‘whole rock star thing’.

According to the survey, carried out by Internet giant eBay, 57 per cent put the guitar player’s pulling power down to the belief that it demonstrates passion and sensitivity.

Those who took part in the survey also named their top guitar songs of all time, with Jimi Hendrix’s classic All Along the Watchtower voted as the top song to be serenaded with.

We definitely get the lure of the guitar player, but what about the drummer?!

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A survey into people’s happiness and satisfaction in relationships has shown that it’s the little things which matter most.

The factors which lead to a good relationship include at least five kisses a day, sharing chores if you live together, sharing hobbies and having at least one romantic dinner a month.

The survey was produced to mark the launch of the Two Together Railcard in the UK, and not coincidentally it found that couples are happier when they travel together. On the train perhaps. Ahem.

Marketing aside, the survey shows that the most important thing for couples is to be affectionate and to spend time together. Plan dates, have fun together and always let your partner know how much you appreciate them.

This whole love thing isn’t so complicated after all.

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