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What Does the Future of Shopping Hold for the Beauty Industry?

The year 2020 has changed the way we shop forever. The pandemic has driven online sales, for example. Now, over 25 per cent of the world's population shops on e-commerce websites. The dramatic shift from the high street to online landing pages is set to continue. But while COVID-19 has changed many brands' focus of retail, the beauty industry has continued to innovate.

The Importance of Child Development During Lockdown

With the UK in a second national lockdown, returning to life as we once knew it seems even further away. Other than our day-to-day routine being interrupted, the pandemic has also taken its toll on children's development. Although schools have remained open during the second lockdown, a recent Ofsted report suggests that children's basic social skills, like being able to use a knife and fork, have been significantly impacted over the course of the initial lockdown.

Washing Wise: What Your Laundry Labels Mean

We've all made laundry mistakes at one point in our lives, often unintentionally sacrificing our favourite clothes. Whether it's a red sock with the white towels, or your favourite jumper in a wash that is too hot leaving it ten times smaller, we've all fallen victim to not reading the care label and ensuring that we are cleaning our clothes correctly.

How Rural Living Can Help the UK's Food Security Problem

Food security, put simply, is the state of having reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. While the UK benefits from a successful agricultural industry, many domestic and international factors affect food production and prices for consumers. This became evident during the world food price spike of 2008.

Industries Revolutionised by Smart Technologies

When we think about rapid developments in terms of wireless technology, we often automatically assume it's in regard to telecommunications. However, with so many alternative industries taking advantage of the offerings that wireless technology and connectivity provides, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Looking into the Promising Future of Electric Vehicles

Although we all expected it, it didn't make the news any less shocking. On 18th November, Boris Johnson announced that the sale of petrol or diesel cars and vans would be prohibited in the UK from 2030. The Prime Minister has labelled his ten-point action plan, which includes investment in sustainable energy and bettered public transport, a 'green industrial revolution'.

Skin Is In: The World's Top 5 TikTok Skinfluencers

Those of us with an interest in beauty will have noticed the seismic shift from makeup to skincare this year. Things have changed drastically even beyond the rules of lockdown and social isolation, with trends around beauty being one major industry that has evolved a great deal in a short period of time. Skincare has skyrocketed in popularity, with record-breaking sales meaning it has overtaken makeup as the highest-earning beauty category.

REVEALED: Data Suggests That Pallet Furniture Is the New Must-Have for Brits

Finding the right furniture and home décor that satisfies the renovation you had in mind requires a lot of time, energy, and creativity. Regardless of whether it is fashion or homeware, trends come and go, so finding furniture that withstands the test of time is no easy task. For those in need of some home renovation ideas, you can find inspiration wherever you look - even in pallets.

Could the UK Alone Plant Enough Trees to Save the Amazon?

According to world tracker The World Counts, we have 79 years until the rainforests end, assuming current trends continue. Indeed, the Amazon rainforest in particular has had more than its fair share of crises in the last decade, and you may be surprised to hear that the current Covid-19 outbreak has even wrought havoc on the planet's lungs.

Has Veganuary Convinced You to Make a Major Lifestyle Change For 2021?

As we approach the end of Veganuary, you may be reviewing how much you've missed your Sunday morning bacon and eggs or, Friday night cheese board. Maybe you haven't missed meat and cheese as much as you thought and are gearing up to embark on a plant-based diet for the rest of 2021. You may have noted changes in your energy levels, skin and hair too. Whether it has been a good or bad experience for you personally, well done for seeing the challenge through.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Retailers

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of the retail sector. Social distancing regulations and civil anxiety surrounding the virus mean that physical stores do not offer the same browsing experience as we would usually expect. Meanwhile, a growing reliance on online shopping has been boosted by instructions to remain at home as much as possible.

How is Increased Screen Time Affecting Our Health?

Whether it be increased Microsoft Teams' meeting, a spike in family Zoom quizzes, or simply just more time spent glued to our mobile phone screens out of boredom, there is no denying that the collective screen time of the nation has grown drastically over the course of the past year.

REVEALED: 5 Daily Habits to Become Successful in 2021

Former US Navy Seal William H. McRaven's book is aptly named Make Your Bed. As well as earning a place as #1 bestseller, it is also thought as one of the greatest self-help guides out there. Making your bed might seem silly you might think that nobody will see it, it's a waste of time, or you'll only be sleeping in it again anyway. But that is a negative outlook, others looking to improve their life might say "absolutely".

Which Marketing Campaigns Did We Love During Lockdown?

Nothing catches the eye quite like a good marketing campaign, especially during difficult times like a lockdown. Washington Direct Mail has looked at which marketing campaigns the public loved during 2020 and ranked them in popularity. This was measured by looking at a mix of social interactions and brand mentions. In this article, we will show you some of the campaigns that the nation enjoyed and engaged with during the initial lockdown period.

How 2020 Has Changed Leadership

Leadership has been tested over the past year, with many business leaders taking on the ultimate challenge of completely changing the way in which we work in the face of adversity. It has been necessary for leaders to motivate their employees from afar, usually online as their employees moved to working from home where possible, and to juggle keeping their businesses running while supporting their team in one of the most difficult times they have ever faced.

Stately Sustainability: Which Royals are Going Green?

Sustainability has never been so urgent. Brands, celebrities, and the general public are all beginning to turn towards sustainable options, championing everything from eco-friendly fashion to conscious travel brands. The royal family is no exception to this movement, and many of Britain's royals have been seen to make big steps towards a greener way of living.