“A slick of this shimmering nude gives me the perfect pout.”
Ellie O’Mahoney, Lifestyle Editor
Rice isn’t just for dinner
- Dropped your phone in water? Pop it in a Tupperware box, add dried rice and seal. The rice cleverly absorbs all the water, hopefully fixing your handset. Clever!
- Pop some dried rice in a cotton sock. Then use as a natural cellulite-busting sponge in the shower, buffing all your problem areas. Crafty!
- Make your cat a new toy by popping a handful of grains in a small, empty pill bottle. Seal and let your kitty roll it all over the floor. Cute!
What’s been your most embarrassing beach moment?
“A crab grabbed my bikini straps and undid them, so I had to run up the beach topless!” Amabel, via Facebook
“Falling asleep and waking up to a lot of naked wrinkly bodies. It was a nudist beach.” Matt G, via Twitter
“Noticing my mum hadn’t shaved for a year!” Rachel, via Facebook
“Getting my towel pulled away by my little brother in front of a group of girls.” Matt S, via Twitter
This week, we’re…
1 Watching Camouflage
Lara Pulver (from Spooks) stars in this drama about a camouflagist (who teaches patients to conceal their scars) and a patient with a dark and dangerous past. Monday, 11.05pm, Channel 4.
Anne Hathaway gets all dark on us as she puts on the Catwoman suit (let’s hope she does a better job than Halle Berry). Gorge Tom Hardy also stars in this huge blockbuster. Out Friday.
3 Downloading Home Run by Misha B
We’re loving this unexpectedly cool new single from Misha B, last seen clad in something neon on The X Factor. We can see you fist-pumping from here, Kelly Rowland. Out now.
Is it just us or…
Do you spend 15 minutes in the morning deciding to shave your legs? Then end up wearing trousers anyway.
The moment when your boyfriend swears in front of your parents.
You’re having a lovely civilised lunch with your folks and the new boyf, chatting about deep and meaningful stuff like your mum’s new curtains and how Bob and Sandra from down the road are off camping at their age. Boyf pipes up and tells a story about when he went camping with his mate Simon and they had the most fun ever, but then it didn’t stop f*****g raining. Silence. And more silence. Followed by a couple of sideward glances and clearing of throats. Err…Sooo… Um, back to those new curtains your mum’s just bought?
BT River Of Music
The Olympics are almost upon us, so to celebrate, here’s a very special and very free concert! With six stages at London landmarks across two days, see the likes of the Scissor Sisters, Jools Holland, Beverley Knight and the Noisettes, plus loads of lesser-known acts. Bag your free tickets (£3 booking fee) quick! July 21-22, Btriverofmusic.com
We catch up with Davina McCall, 44, TV goddess, and beauty-and-fitness guru
So Christine, do you feel like a paid-up WAG these days?
No. I think it’s a really dated phrase. I’m so not just a girl after some rich bloke’s credit card. It’s just not me.
We hear you’re a big foodie – what’s your fave dish (apart from fiancé Frank Lampard, 34)?
A Sunday roast with all the trimmings is my idea of heaven.
Have you ever eaten so much food you thought you’d burst?
I do that quite regularly. It’s why I exercise – I can eat what I want and live a little.
Talking of fitness, who can run faster, you or Frank ?
Oh, Frank, 100 per cent Frank.
Do you ever argue?
Last year we went to the wrong airport for our big holiday flight. It was the one thing I’d asked him to check. When we rocked up at Gatwick instead of Heathrow, well, let’s say it was a bit of a moment.
Any other drama in your life right now?
I’m forever having mini-dramas, like corpsing hysterically while filming.
You’ve said before you’re a bit OCD about housework…
I love the smell of a clean house. I’m a bit obsessed with bleaching.
Domestic goddess then?
Well, I do like my ironing. Sounds boring, but it makes me happy.
If you’re happy, we’re happy!
● Christine is an ambassador for Reebok CrossFit (Reebok.com/fitness).
This week we want to be… Gwen Stefani
How do we possibly fit how much we want to be Gwen into this column? We could fill the whole magazine with our adoration of this lady. She first burst into our lives in 1996 with ska-punk band No Doubt’s huge hit Don’t Speak, which was No.1 for three weeks, and the soundtrack for the whole year, basically. She wore a bindi, and so did we, until we realised we couldn’t quite pull off the look (and got told off at school). Besides having huge hits with the band, such as Just A Girl and Hella Good, Gwen’s also achieved massive solo success, selling an enormous 40 million records worldwide (yes, really). She’s yodelled, while channeling her inner Julie Roberts like a good’un on Wind It Up, gone ghetto with rapper Eve on Let Me Blow Ya Mind, and actually made Akon sound decent on The Sweet Escape (soz, Akon).
But back to that bindi. Since day one, Miss Stefani has been a fashion goddess. Coming from a family of seamstresses, the lady has achieved massive success with her L.A.M.B. label. And she always looks amazing. Have you ever seen Gwen snapped without her signature lipstick and platinum-blonde locks? She doesn’t do “off” days.
Now, for the best news ever. No Doubt are back with a new album in September, with single Settle Down out this week. Finally! Welcome back to the charts, Gwen.
- Settle Down is out tomorrow.