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The five best things I tried this week

Things that made me go 'mmm'

by Adrienne Wyper

ACCEPTING THE OFFER OF A FREE FRINGE TRIM

'Pop back for a free fringe trim', several hairdressers have said to me as they've finished cutting my hair. And I've nodded in the mirror, but I've never done it. Until this week. And it's a great idea. Let's face it, the rest of your hair can usually grow a bit longer without dramatically affecting the overall look. But when your fringe starts flicking away, getting in your eyes, curling up in an unruly fashion, that's when you start to think about getting the scissors yourself... Bad idea. So this week I recognised the too-long fringe signs and did something about it. In just 15 minutes away from my desk, the look of my hair was completely freshened. So if you get offered a free fringe trim, do take it!

EATING CHOCOLATE EDAMAME

I was a little worried that these were the fresh green beans encased in chocolate, but no, they are the crisp roasted version of the soya bean, and cost £1.95 for a 70g box, from Itsu, and have around half the calories and a third of the fat content of chocolate-covered peanuts.

WALKING IN NORFOLK

When you read this I'll (probably) be somewhere on the Norfolk Coast Path. East Anglia is a great area for walking, although don't be thinking it's flat. I learnt the hard way that it's not: on a cycling holiday some years ago...

BUYING SHOES

No, not walking boots; I have a pair of those. These are flat, pointed slingbacks (wish there was a snappier name) and I love them. They're a real spring shoe trend, not least because you can wear them with bare feet and skirts or ankle-grazers, but also with tights if the weather doesn't live up to our expectations. Mine are a cheap and cheerful £25 from Marks & Spencer.

SPENDING LESS ON A MANICURE

at The Salon at the London College of Beauty Therapy in Great Marlborough Street, London W1 a manicure (including cuticle removal, shaping, hand massage... the full works) starts at £12. It's carried out by a student at the college, and is very professional. Around the corner at a well-known beauty salon, it costs almost double that. So it's well worth checking whether there's a beauty college near you, and whether they offer treatments to members of the public.

What have you tried this week?

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Alice  Jones

Alice Jones

Alice Jones is intern on All About You; she has an obsession for all things fashion and beauty related.

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Carla  Griscti

Carla Griscti

Editorial assistant on allaboutyou; Music lover, travel bee and food fanatic.

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Emma Marsden

Emma Marsden

Food consultant of All About You, loves creating something out of nothing and decluttering.

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Nola  Ojomu

Nola Ojomu

Freelance contributor to All About You. Mission - to have the perfect eyebrows

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Harriet  Edgar

Harriet Edgar

All About You intern; likes fashion, jogging, blogging and EastEnders

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Bernadette  Fallon

Bernadette Fallon

Editor of All About You; an online journalist with a fetish for glossy magazines.

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Adrienne  Wyper

Adrienne Wyper

Deputy editor of All About You. I love cycling, cooking and creating

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Carol  Muskoron

Carol Muskoron

Associate editor of All About You, loves life (mostly) and one-pan recipes (always).

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Rachael  Ashley

Rachael Ashley

SHE's deputy editor and single mum of two embodies the SHE motto 'Busy and loving it!'

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Kate Gilbert

Kate Gilbert

Lifestyle Co-ordinator Good Housekeeping; believes in style,substance and big girl shoes.

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Marie  Campbell

Marie Campbell

Marie Campbell is assistant to the editor at SHE and also writes for the lifestyle pages.

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Natalie  Glock

Natalie Glock

Editorial assistant on All About You; a Parisian in training and amateur baker.

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Ruth  Chandler

Ruth Chandler

Assistant features editor on Country Living, Ruth lives on a smallholding in rural Essex.

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Julia  Goodwin

Julia Goodwin

Editor of House Beautiful since 2006, Julia has been a journalist for over 30 years.

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Josa Young is a writer, cook and internet content consultant.

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