… a word from Amanda

Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up, and we continue your Xmas gift guide, featuring the most fashionable Xmas present for the ladies in our life – The Beauty Advent Calendar. This has been a growing trend over the past few years, as all the big cosmetic and beauty companies compete to pack in as many cult status products into the “one month’s windows”, for what they assume is a reasonable price.

Also this week, it’s time to start thinking about the office Xmas party and you need look no further than Mango for your outfit, with this winter’s must-have collaboration collection.

Plus, in this week’s edition, we can’t avoid the World Cup right now. It appears that two of the GOAT players have modelled for Louis Vuitton in the most viewed picture online EVER.

Other matters to be discussed (as well as the mighty return to the 90s) is the return of the perm. Although that’s more 80s, isn’t it?

Not for the girls this time – it’s all about the Men rolling back the years. Think Kit Harrison in Game of ThronesGaten from Stranger Things and Kevin Keegan – if you’re old enough to know.

In a poll of 2000 Brits, 26% wanted an ultra-tight bubble perm and tutorials for DIY perms have been viewed by millions online. 40% of salons have reported rises in men requesting perms. But it’s not all over this time around, the 2022 version is all about the top of the head being curly with the sides left straight and cut short.

And lastly, I recently reported the return of 90s trend ‘Heroin Chic’ to the fashion Industry, which basically equates to ‘thin is in’ again. However, big butts are still BIG business.

If you don’t fancy going down the Brazillian Bum implants route, it turns out that you can grow just your butt cheeks with a special diet of Tofu, eggs , tomatoes, butter, salmon, tuna, avocados, mushrooms and Spinach – along with squats. Or so nutritionists have revealed. Basically all the ‘good fats’ – all the foods I love.

So THAT explains a lot.