This morning, Nadine shocked us all by announcing she is having a baby!
Instagram by @nadinecoyle
Nicola, Cheryl, Kimberley and Sarah have all congratulated her on Twitter:
@NadineCoyleNow Congratulations on your lovely news x
— Nicola Roberts (@NicolaRoberts) August 15, 2013
Congratulations @nadinecoylenow. Can't believe you're going to be a mummy!!!!!!!!!!!
@NadineCoyleNow congrats on your exciting news!
@nadinecoylenow Congrats babe!!! 1 down…4 left to go lol!! X
— Sarah Harding (@SarahNHarding) August 15, 2013
Still not sunken in for me yet, and i’m sure most of you feel the same! In fact every time i look at the instagram picture i’m like:
When I visit Uganda, it is the smiles on the faces of the people that inspire me every time.
Everyone is so positive they make me embarrassed about the day to day stuff I moan about back home.
I have so many luxuries while many of them literally have only the clothes on their backs.
But on a trip to the small village of Kirewa last month, it was the smiles of many of the women I saw that gave away the true terror and brutality poverty can breed.
Many of their smiles were toothless – leaving them for ever marked as domestic violence victims.
Shockingly, 10 years ago Kirewa had the highest rate of domestic abuse in the whole of Uganda.
But one incredible project is working to give these women a voice.
MIFUMI uses money raised through Red Nose Day to change the lives of vulnerable women and girls and help educate and reform violent men.
I’ve tried to back Red Nose Day any way I can, whether that’s recording a charity single with Girls Aloud, climbing Kilimanjaro with celebrities including bandmate Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow, or distributing mosquito nets in Uganda with Chris Moyles.
My recent visit to see how your money is helping change women’s lives, was no less eye-opening.
Before MIFUMI started working in the village, women were generally subjected to daily beatings by their partners simply because that’s how things were done.
The men had seen their fathers do the same. Women had a bride price and they paid for them in cows.
They thought they owned their wife and, with little education, assumed they could do what they wanted.
And the women had nowhere to turn for help.
Like many of her fellow villagers, Betty, was beaten by her husband every single day.
If he saw her talk to a friend he would beat her. If she was late with the water from the well he would beat her.
If I look at my own loving relationship with my partner Justin Scott, I can’t imagine how scared she must have been.
Kimberley Walsh recently made an inspiring visit to Eastern Uganda, to see how some of the money raised for Red Nose Day 2013, some of which was matched by the UK Government, is already hard at work changing lives across Africa.
She also had a lovely welcome at a school, bet this was an amazing experience!
Check out some HQ pictures of her trip
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DJ Fresh has revealed that he was “gutted” that his song with Girls Aloud ‘On The Metro’ wasn’t released as a single.
The producer, who co-helmed the song with group member Nicola Roberts, admitted he was annoyed when he discovered it wouldn’t be serviced as a single.
“I’m really gutted it didn’t get released, it’s so annoying,” he told Digital Spy. “It’s basically one of those things that’s decided by people that sit in record label offices and determine what we’re all going to hear on the radio every day.
“Who is it that gives these guys the power? They’re not always right.”
He added: “I’m not dissing anyone in particular with that track, but it’s amazing that one or two people in a boardroom determine what’s going to be released and what isn’t.”
Asked if he would work on any of the Girls Aloud members’ solo projects, he said: “I’d love to work with any of the Girls Aloud girls solo. I didn’t meet Nadine, but I’d love to as the others were all really sweet.
“For me, Nicola felt like the most driving force from a writing point of view, so doing something with her would be great.”
‘On The Metro’ featured on Girls Aloud’s greatest hits album Ten. Meanwhile DJ Fresh releases his new single ‘Earthquake’ on August 18.
InStyle caught up with the gorgeous L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel Cheryl Cole to talk turning 30, beauty regimes, going make-up free for the new Skin Perfection Skincare range, plus her love for Kate Middleton and Cara Delevingne….
Do you have a skincare regime that you religiously stick to everyday?
I always, always take my make-up off before bed because I notice a huge difference if I don’t. I always cleanse, tone and moisturise everyday. I switch-up my regime every few months and try out different creams and products. It’s important for your skin not to get used to the same products.
Now that you’ve turned thirty has your beauty regime changed?
I’ve always taken care of my skin because of my job. Wrinkles appear when you’re in your 30s, so I won’t worry about it until it happens. However, now I am far more aware of sun damage. When I was younger I used to sunbathe using oil, but now I use high SPF and stay out of the sun as much as I can. I remember going away when I was 19 and my mum came to collect me and she didn’t even recognise me when I walked past because I was so brown. I was like – hello mum, it’s me! Now, especially when I am in LA, I always use SPF 30.
Which beauty products are you currently loving?
I am currently in love with the Blur cream and BB cream from L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection collection. I am a massive fan of all the products from this new Skin Perfection range as they tighten pores, give luminosity and help to improve skin texture. It has all the skincare benefits you want before you put on your make-up, which means you don’t need to mask your skin. When I shot the L’Oreal advert I thought I would be nervous or apprehensive about not being able to wear foundation on a shoot, but it’s actually been really liberating to have the freckles out in full force! I just wore the Blur cream and mascara. It was terrifying as I am so used to hiding behind big lashes and big hair.
What’s the best beauty advice anyone has ever given to you?
Always, always take your make-up off before you go to bed as your skin rejuvenates overnight. My other beauty tips would be to always pluck your eyebrows after the shower and use a hair mask as often as you can. Also, don’t mask blemishes with layers of foundation, it isn’t going to help. It will make it worse if anything. So use something with light coverage like L’Oreal’s new Skin Perfection BB Cream.
Do you think the right diet has a big impact on your skin?
Your diet massively has an effect on your complexion. If you eat badly, you’ll have bad skin – simple! I always try to eat as healthy as I can, but I have got a serious sweet tooth. I love biscuits and sweets, I just can’t help it. I do try to workout as much as I can, too.
Statement brows are a huge beauty trend thanks to Cara Delevingne. Is there any celebrity you have taken beauty inspiration, trends or tips from?
As you get older you realise what suits you and what doesn’t. I love Cara’s brows and think she looks amazing, but it just wouldn’t suit my bone structure. Her eyebrows are natural – can you believe that? I would love to have Beyonce’s face, but unfortunately I wasn’t born with it, therefore I know I couldn’t pull off the looks she wears and vice versa. My look is all about big eyes – that’s what suits me best, so I tend to stick to it.
Do you love experimenting with different make-up looks?
I love make-up and trying out different styles. I was more adventurous in the make-up department when I was with Girls Aloud. I loved the statement black and white panda eyes that we wore for the Sexy No, No, No video and working different looks that I wouldn’t necessarily wear everyday. On a day-to-day basis I stick to eyeliner, gloss and minimal face make-up. I am currently in love with L’Oreal’s new BB cream. It’s amazing and the coverage is excellent!
You’ve shown your love for Kate Middleton time and time again. What do you love about her beauty look and style?
I love her natural make-up approach and that she always looks so fresh faced. She looked so amazing after giving birth.
Do you have a special beauty ritual for flying?
I always take my make-up off before a flight. I always apply serum to stop my skin getting really dry. I always try to drink lots of water, but if someone offers me a tea I just can’t say no. I always rely on eyeliner and lip gloss. If I get off a plane and am being photographed I always just add a slick of gloss to my lips and put on dark sunglasses. I always add a bit of colour to my face after a long haul flight with a sweep of bronzer.
Cheryl Cole is the face of Skin Perfection Skincare and the collection is available nationwide from Monday 5 August 2013 at boots.com
She was picked to be the face of L’Oreal’s new Skin Perfection Skincare range because of her flawless skin, among other reasons, so who better to ask for beauty advice than the lovely Cheryl Cole?
Here are the singer’s 12 must-do health and beauty rules (you’re going to want to take notes, ladies):
1. Don’t be afraid of getting older.
‘I love being 30, I’m the most settled I’ve been as a person and as a woman. I’m not worried about getting older because I look at myself when I was in my early twenties and I definitely don’t want to be her. I’ve been her. Wrinkles appear when you’re in your 30s, so I do think about it, but I’ll worry about it when it happens. I’ve always taken care of my skin. From my late teens and early twenties, I’d make sure it was thoroughly cleansed and I change up my regime every two or three months by trying a new cream or formula.’
2. Don’t try Botox too young.
‘Botox terrifies me! It’s one thing to try it when you’re in your late 30s and early 40s, but it terrifies me to see girls of about 21 having Botox. It worries me. Having Botox isn’t something I’ve been thinking about but I never say never. At the end of the day, it’s a poison and there are so many botch jobs out there. The other day I put a selfie on Instagram, my nieces and nephews had dared me to do it, and because I was pulling a funny face, I had furrows in my forehead. One fan commented under the photo saying that I should put my wrinkles away. Can you believe it? I like to see expression.’
3. Surround yourself with supportive women.
‘I have really great women around me. I had one friend say to me: ‘Get rid of my wrinkles? I’ve earned these. My wrinkles are a map of my life.’ I thought that was such a refreshing attitude.’
4. Health supplements aren’t the answer.
‘I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to all that. It’s just common sense, if you eat McDonalds every day you’re going to feel horrible. That’s something I learnt when I had malaria, that the skin is an organ and everything happening inside shows up on your skin. If you eat badly, you’ll have bad skin, mood swings and feel lousy.’
5. Keep your skin clean.
‘I’ve been saying it for years, you’ve got to take your make-up off before you go to bed. If you don’t, you will wake up a year older, or with blocked pores. Your skin rejuvenates overnight, so that’s the most important rule.’
6. I’d love a pixie crop.
‘I want a pixie crop because it would be so low-maintenance, but I do love having long hair. It’s glamorous and it’s changeable; I can colour it, I can put it up, I can put it down, I can plait it. Once you’ve had a pixie there’s no turning back. My mother’s always had a pixie crop and I’ve aready started doing stuff like my mother so I think that would be too much. I’m not ready for that!’
7. Do a hair mask twice a week.
‘When I was away for my birthday in California, I didn’t look after my hair at all. There’s so much focus on hair and beauty when I’m working so it’s the last thing on my mind when I’m away. I’d been in the sun and partying, so when I got home it looked like I’d been electrocuted, and I thought ‘never again!’ I do masks twice a week. It’s got to be done.’
8. Berocca is the best hangover cure.
‘When I’ve had a big night out, the next morning I drink Berocca, water and pop a couple of painkillers. I’ve got these new pills that are half paracetamol and half Ibuprofen, which are amazing. They work in 10 minutes. Some people are sickly the next day and don’t want greasy foods, others want a massive fry-up. I say, if you want it, have it.’
9. Stay hydrated when you fly.
‘I don’t wear make-up on the plane and I make sure I’m hydrated. Beauty is just as much about what you put inside. It’s no good putting all the lovely products on if you’re then putting horrible stuff inside. The two go hand-in-hand, so I drink loads of water and try to drink green tea instead of hot chocolate – although that doesn’t always happen!’
10. Change up your fragrance.
‘I like to create memories and I’m really nostalgic for smell. I can wear a perfume and remember a tour like it was yesterday. But once it’s done I won’t wear it again. I have a collection of perfumes that I never wear. I like fresh, floral, clean scents.’
11. L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Blur cream is a must.
‘The Blur cream has been my saviour recently. When we shot the L’Oreal ad for the new range, it was the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt on a shoot. I had on Blur cream and mascara. That was it. It was scary because I’m so used to hiding behind big hair and lashes. The tricks of my trade!’
12. It’s all about prevention rather than cure.
‘It’s not about covering blemishes or spots with make-up, it’s about fixing what’s wrong with your skin. When you put loads of foundation over a problem, it masks it but it’s not helping. It’s hindering, if anything. There’s nothing worse than seeing young girls and you can see they’ve been trying to hide their spots and the make-up is caked on. Foundation isn’t going to fix your skin.’
Source: Marie Claire
The official announcement we have all been waiting for!
IT’S ABOUT TIME!! *SCREAMS*
We are excited to announce the official release of the Ten the hits Tour 2013 DVD!
The DVD will be released on October 21st with a pre-order available shortly. It will include all the highlights from the recent Girls Aloud tour – more details to follow
Source: Official Girls Aloud