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The fight to cure HIV and AIDS is ongoing, and while science and medicine have now developed treatments to reduce the life-threatening velocity of the illnesses, an all-out cure has yet to be discovered. 

One company who saw the necessity to support those living with AIDS, and the non-profits which provide for them, was M.A.C.

Back in 1994, M.A.C first released their VIVA GLAM range, 100% of the sale of which has contributed to the support of AIDS sufferers for a quarter of a century. 

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When VIVA GLAM was created, society was struggling to navigate the height of the HIV epidemic.

The first ever Viva Glam lipstick was launched, designed to get people talking about the epidemic – and the gorgeous Ru Paul fronted the campaign, showcasing the original bright red lip shade.  

In the years since, big name celebrities have continued collaborating with the brand to create a shade. 

In 1995, we saw fashion designers  Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett participated in creating the couture 1995 colour collection, showcasing the shade of the original intense brownish red VIVA GLAM Lipstick we have come to know and love. 

Throughout the years, the ambassadors have included Sia, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Dita Von Teese, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande and Ricky Martin – and five staple shades now make up the collection. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So far, VIVA GLAM has raised $500 million for the global fight against HIV/AIDS, helping millions of people. The UK and Ireland alone have given 540 grants to over 100 charities including Positive East, HIV Ireland, National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and George House Trust in that time by buying a lippie each year. 

This year, the brand are focused on recreating their original campaign, with the gorgeous Winnie Harlow fronting the throwback recreation – posing just as Ru Paul did in 1994.

'I was inspired to recreate the original Viva Glam campaign after my hairdresser, Jay Brumant, showed me the beautiful images,' Victorias Secret model Winnie said.  

'Working in fashion, I’m surrounded by many types of beauty, and I strongly feel that the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community are both prominent & embraced in the fashion world. I remember being invited to my first Vogue Ball. It was invigorating to see so many people from different walks of life come together and celebrate themselves freely.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Ever since then, I have loved & always wanted to try to recreate a “drag moment". I knew that if I was ever going to attempt it I would need to embrace an ICONIC look! Who is more iconic than RuPaul in the M·A·C Viva Glam campaign?'

'So when I was in full “regalia” post Adam Burrell’s make-up magic, my friend & New York photographer, Gabriel Perez Silva, helped me recreate the images, and that’s how this costume came to be! I’m so honoured to follow in the footsteps of amazing artists like Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Ru celebrating Viva Glam’s 25th Anniversary alongside raising awareness for the MAC Viva Glam Fund.'

Each Viva Glam shade is €20.00 and can be purchased at any M.A.C. counter or store, and on maccosmetics.com.

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Unlike today's teens, who look like they have just stepped down from the Inglot MUA's chair, we are from the era of foundation covered lips and self applied French manicures.

Perhaps it's down to the mass of YouTube tutorials and Instagram inspiration that wasn't available to us back in the day, but today's teens fail to fall into the (foundation coated) makeup traps we did in secondary school. 

Here are a few of the top nostalgic makeup techniques we used back in the day: 

1. Foundation lips

Foundation coated lips were the basis of an excellent makeup look in secondary school.

While voluptuous, lined and highlighted lips may be all the rage now, when we were 15, the look du jour was to pretend you didn't have any lips at all. 

 

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2. Foundation types

If it wasn't Dream Matte Mousse or pan stick, we didn't want it. 

There was something about the mousses' air whipped formula that we found perfect for school, and the shiny, tanned, glamorous sheen awarded to our visages by pan stick was too good for us to resist. 

The problem was the liberal nature in which we applied these products, rather than the products themselves. Less is more wasn't our mantra back in the day. 

 

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3. Spidery lashes

Again with the opposition to less is more, layering mascara onto our lashes until they resembled a terrifying mass of brambles was the way to go.

Bonus points is the mascara started flaking off and left gorge little black specks under your eyes. 

Fake eyelashes from the €2 Shop were also an option for discos, which were to be bought alongside your tube of glowsticks and disposable camera. 

 

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4. Brushes? What brushes? 

If an eye shadow palette came with a little sponge applicator, that was what was used for liberally layering the pastel shades.

The term brush roll sounded more like a baking term to us in our teens. 

Applying foundation with your fingers was also an acceptable activity, whereas todays' teens wouldn't be caught dead without their beauty blender. 

5. Orange foundation 

There is something about being uber-tanned that seems like an absolute accolade when you are in your teenage years. 

But like, who could be arsed tanning your whole body or splashing the cash for spray tans? 

The natural remedy to our pasty skin was layers on tan in the spots of skin people could see, like our necks and forearms, and a nice coating of 'deep tan' foundation on our faces. 

 

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6. Foundation mask

Speaking of the aforementioned foundation, it was left in a flat, featureless mask on our faces, with the likes of highligher and contouring distant gifts from the future which had yet to be awarded to us via Kim Kardashian (who wasn't even a thing at this stage of our lives). 

You may have occasionally opted for two delightful stripes of bronzer along your cheekbones or a splash of bright pink blush, but telling someone to get their 'highlight on fleek' back in 2008 would have been a completely foreign concept. 

 

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7. Raccoon eyes

Whether you were simply experimenting with a new look or had a deep, passionate relationship with The Pretty Reckless or Panic! at the Disco, raccoon eyeliner was the territory of emo kids at secondary schools the country over. 

The look was accompanied by a matte black a swathe of eye shadow across the upper lid, symbolic of the deep and dark nature of the tormented soul of the wearer. 

8. A severe lack of blending

Blending our makeup was something that we never did as teens. 

After all, what was the point of wearing makeup if it didn't look like you were wearing makeup? 

From that attractive orange jaw line to eye shadow that went all the way up to your brows, blending was far from the essential technique that it is seen as by the kids these days. 

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Jools Oliver has uploaded an amazing snap on instagram of her and husband Jamie when they were on their first holiday together.

And it is amazing.

The couple, who met as teenagers and have been married nineteen years, look fresh-faced in the picture.

Couple GOALS. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 44-year-old posted the sweet photo, captioning it, ''Our first ever holiday together.''

The pair look youthful and tanned, with Jools planting a kiss on Jamie's cheek. 

Her followers were quick to comment how young they both looked.

One said, ''Look at that sun kissed skin – you both look gorgeous.''

While another wrote, ''So smoochy and cute, you two are couple goals!''

They still look as loved up as ever, all these years on. 

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Huge congratulations are in order for Hannah Spearritt and her boyfriend Adam Thomas who are expecting their first child together.

The former S Club 7 member is due to give birth very soon. She revealed to OK! Magazine that her due date is just around the corner.

The Never Had A Dream Come True singer and her personal trainer boyfriend will be welcoming their baby in December.

The parents-to-be announced the pregnancy quite late due to Hannah’s previous struggles.

The Casualty actress bravely opened up about her heartache after suffering two miscarriages in the past. The Don’t Stop Movin’ singer suffered a devastating miscarriage in 2014.

“I had [a miscarriage] a few years previously with another partner,” she shared.

“They both happened early on in the pregnancies, around the five-week mark. It’s such an upsetting thing so it’s made it hard to relax this time, especially during the first few months,” she explained.

 

The EastEnders actress said that harrowing time has helped her appreciate this pregnancy even more: “Going through all that makes this pregnancy even more special, though.”

“I feel very lucky that everything has been okay this time,” the 37-year-old added.

We are so excited for Hannah and Adam to welcome their daughter in December. Talk about the perfect Christmas present.

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Lizzie McGuire will forever be one of our favourite childhood shows. There are so many things we loved (and miss) about the popular Disney classic.

We adored everything from Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo’s friendship to her stunning family home that we often wished we grew up in.

The show was a staple during those awkward years where we experienced first crushes, first kisses, first breakouts and our first bra fitting.

Star of the show Hilary Duff recently revealed her favourite episode of the show and we have to agree with the actress on this one, it is without a doubt one of the best.

The Disney star revealed the episode where Lizzie and Miranda go shopping for bras for the first time holds a special place in her heart.

She explained to Today: “I definitely think that the bra episode is one that stands out in my brain as being like first of all, really wanting it, 'cause I thought a bra was cool, and then second of all, being like, ‘How am I gonna get that? I have to talk to my parents about that. That's gonna be the worst thing ever.’”

The Younger star explained that the episode resonated with her because she was going through a lot of similar experiences at the same time, just like most of the Lizzie McGuire viewers.

I'll  never forget the pure fear I felt when my mam dragged me to a bra fitting at Marks and Spencers. It’s such a cringe-worthy but empowering moment. You kind of feel like a grown up, but you can’t help but turn bright red when the sales assistant returns to your dressing room with an arm full of frilly pink bras.

Now, if anyone needs us we’ll be binge-watching Lizzie McGuire for the foreseeable future.

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Beyoncé celebrates her 37th birthday today and her mum has penned the sweetest birthday message to her daughter.

Tina Knowles shared a throwback photo in honour of the Crazy In Love singer’s big day. She posted a photo from when Beyoncé was only four-months-old and she looks too cute.

 

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“It’s already your birthday where you are so Happy Birthday to the nicest, owner of the most beautiful, generous, loving hearts ever!”

She gushed: “Always thinking, planning, analyzing, strategizing, how you can make everything you touch better.”

Her mum explained why she chose the photo of a young Beyoncé: “On this day you were 4 months old and i couldn’t even control the excitement and pride and the all encompassing love I felt for you, my first born.”

 

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Tina continued: “I made a vow to love and cherish you everyday. For the rest of my life! Sometimes I can’t believe out of all the incredible people in the world I was chosen by God to be your mom.”

The mum said the day Beyoncé and her sister Solange were born were two of the greatest days of her life.

 

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“It is a privilege to have carried you two in this body,” she added.

“Enjoy your B-Day!!! No one deserves it more!! I love you. Mom.”

Talk about the most heartfelt birthday message ever. Can Tina Knowles wish us a happy birthday?

All hail Queen Bey.

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Dig out the neck ties and the chequered wrist bands, because Avril Lavigne is back my friends! 

The Girlfriend singer made her first red carpet appearance in two years on Friday when she showed off her gorgeous blonde waves at the 25th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton in California. 

Stopping to chat with E! News, the 33-year-old opened up about her battle with Lyme disease and confirmed that her new music will be based around the hardship she experienced while battling the illness. 

 

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"I've been writing songs that are really just powerful and true and honest and sincere and I think people will really be able to relate to it," she explained.

"I've gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past two years and so I've really drawn from that."

Stepping away from the pop-punk genre, Avril revealed that her new record will be "very piano-driven", saying how she wanted to focus more on vocals and lyrics.  

 

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“It's more of a vocal record and just like, hearing the lyrics and really hearing the emotion in the vocal. It's very piano-driven, too." 

While no official release date has been set, the new album is expected to drop sometime this year, with Avril, who is also producing the record, saying she plans to put the finishing touches on it over the few weeks. 

We can't wait to hear the new material! 

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There's nothing like putting on a pair of rose-coloured glasses and taking a stroll down memory lane.

As much as we love being grown up queens, we have to admit, it was pretty amazing being a kid. 

A recent poll of 2,000 adults in the UK found that an astounding 67 percent wished they could be a child again.

Same, tbh. 

However, that doesn't necessarily mean the poll's participants want to grow up in the current era of Snapchat and Facebook.

In fact, 58 percent said that it was better to be a kid 'back in the day' because they didn't need technology to entertain themselves, the Daily Express reports.

As far as what makes us feel little twinges of nostalgia, school holidays topped the list of what adults miss from childhood.

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There was nothing like those days of freedom where it felt like you could do absolutely anything!

Hot summers were the second most missed thing about being a kid, according to the survey commissioned by Hollywood Bowl.

Who doesn't yearn for those sunny days filled with swimming and slowly melting ice cream?

Other things we pine for from childhood include everything from Enid Blyton books to having someone else wash our clothes (the dream).

Here's the rest of the 50 things we miss most from our childhoods:

1) School holidays

2) Hot summers

3) Playing outside with friends until the streetlights came on

4) Not having to work

5) Spending time with your parents

6) Family holidays

7) Going on the swings

8) Having someone else cook your meals

9) Penny sweets (that actually cost a penny!) 

10) Weekends with no errands or chores to do

11) Having someone else wash your clothes

12) Celebrating your birthday as child

13) Having a friend around to play/for tea

14) Other people's birthday parties

15) Getting money from the tooth fairy

16) Pocket money

17) Enid Blyton books

18) Sleepovers

19) Having milk delivered to your door

20) Lego

21) Writing a Christmas/ birthday list from a toy catalogue

22) Playing football in the park for hours

23) Break time

24) Water fights

25) Making daisy chains

26) Playing Tag

27) Collecting stickers

28) Party bags

29) Playing Bulldog

30) Playing arcade games

31) Playing Stuck in the Mud

32) Roald Dahl books

33) Meccano

34) Sega Mega Drive

35) Nickelodeon

36) Sabrina the Teenage Witch

37) SMTV Live

38) Space hoppers

39) Live and Kicking

40) Going bowling

41) Inflatables in the swimming pool

42) Eating Coco Pops and Golden Nuggets for breakfast instead of muesli or porridge

43) Slush puppies

44) Gladiators

45) Ball pools

46) Nintendo 64

47) Soft play

48) CITV

49) Knight Rider

50) Macaroni cheese

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Jacqueline Wilson recently revealed that Tracy Beaker will return in her new book, however, fans are not happy with the storyline.

The popular children’s author shared that Tracy Beaker is now a single mum, who is living in a rough housing estate, struggling to make ends meet.

Fans of the famous character were delighted to hear that a new book was on the way, however, many readers expressed their anger over how Tracy’s storyline turned out.

Taking to Twitter, fans discussed the new book, “Would it not be a more positive story to make Tracy Beaker a success following her time in care?” one wrote.

Another questioned the influence the novel will have on young readers, “Jacqueline Wilson writing a new Tracy Beaker book about Tracey now being a single mum in and out of work struggling to make ends meet living on a rough London housing estate. Nice inspiring message for 8-year-olds that if you start your life poor you’ll end it poor.”

“I feel sad for Tracy Beaker that she ended up struggling and single – would have been triumphant for her to have broken the cycle of her own upbringing,” said another.

However, amongst the negative response were plenty of joyous fans who loved the original book The Story of Tracy Beaker, which was released 27 years ago.

One mum wrote, “This is such exciting news! Just in time for my 31st birthday too…looking forward to catching up with one of my favourite childhood heroines and her daughter (that bit seems so surreal!)”

Another mum shared, “I cannot wait to tell my 12-year-old daughter! She will be so excited! I think I’ll be borrowing this one from her too! Only fair seeing as I passed on some of my books to her.”

Speaking about the return of one of her most famous characters, author Jacqueline Wilson admitted to The Guardian, “Tracy has been a character that’s haunted me. She’s the sort of person who sticks in your mind.”

She also reassured fans, “ I’ve always thought that, even though Tracy had lots of problems in her life and a pretty rubbish mum who was never there for her, Tracy herself would be a good mum, no matter what.”

My Mum Tracy Beaker will be released in October 2018. The book will be narrated by Tracy’s daughter, Jess.

The book may be aimed at seven to 11-year-olds but we know there will be many grown-ups sneakily reading My Mum Tracy Beaker too.

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While the rest of the Kardashian clan is surrounded by pregnancy rumours galore, Kim Kardashian West decided to give her fans a little Thanksgiving treat.

Yesterday the reality star shared an adorable video with her Twitter 57.2M Twitter followers, which shows five-year-old Kim in a Thanksgiving performance.

The clip may have only been 15 seconds long, but we we're loving the insight into the reality TV queen's childhood. 

'Kimberley, you did such a good job,' her late father, attorney Robert Kardashian, said in the clip.  

'You held a flag up there beautifully, didn’t you.'

This is making us pretty nostalgic for our own home videos. 

Kim is a big fan of throwback pictures.

She recently shared an adorable pic of her and sister Kourtney Kardashian from back in the day, joking, 'I was always her annoying younger sister who copied everything she did!'

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Ladies, get ready for the throwback of all throwbacks! 

Omniplex Cinemas are bringing all your favourite old school films back to the big screen with the launch of #BringItBack.

Audiences will get the chance to re-discover a series of classic movies exactly the way they were intended to be enjoyed.

From October 2, Omniplex Cinemas in Mahon Point, Cork; Rathmines, Dublin; Dundalk, Limerick, Tralee, Wexford, Craigavon, Lisburn and Dundonald will play host to #BringItBack every Monday at 7:30.

From tearjerkers, to thrillers, Omniplex have created a programme of screenings to suit all tastes, including My Girl, The Godfather Part II, The Addams Family, The Princess Bride.

The October run concludes with a special screening of The Shining on Halloween night.

Warm popcorn, comfy chair and classic flicks – what more could you want?

Tickets are just €8 and are available at www.omniplex.ie.

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If there's one thing we love in this life, it's throwback photos.

And when they belong to some of our favourite stars, they're even more enjoyable, so big thanks to Ellen DeGeneres who treated her millions of followers to a shot of herself at what can only be described as everyone's most awkward age.

Sporting short, auburn curls and looking decidedly uncomfortable, Ellen forced a smile, and reminded us why teenage years are so damn uncomfortable.

"In honor of Season 15, here’s a photo of me when I was just about 15 (why God, why?!)" she wrote in the same anguished tone we reserve for our own teen photos.

"Now I wanna see yours. Post a photo from when you were 15 with #ellen15 and you just might see yourself on my show next week!" she encouraged in the post which has racked up more 645,000 likes since its upload last night.

Landing on the post with glee, one follower wrote: "Talk about a glow up" while another added: "For a split second I thought this was a pic of the kid from Stranger Things."

Ellen, we literally adore you.

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