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Best 19-2021

Best delivers a varied and lively mix of ideas and inspiration to inform and entertain real women and help them get more out of every aspect of their busy lives. Best is topical, practical, offering more variety than any other weekly by embracing traditional topics in a modern way.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

2 min
col’s new weight-loss weapon!

When TV personality and singer Coleen Nolan returned to ITV’s Loose Women last week, it was with a spring in her step and a slimline new look! The reason for her recent transformation, however, is a poignant one. As she would explain, Coleen was spurred on by her sisters Linda and Anne’s public cancer battles. Returning to the studio for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, fellow panellists Janet Street-Porter, Ruth Langsford and Brenda Edwards gushed over how ‘fantastic’ the 56-year-old looked. Brenda confessed she almost ‘didn’t recognise’ Coleen at first, the change was so marked! The mum-of-three went on to reveal that she’d shed the pounds over lockdown by following an all-vegan diet (no meat, fish, poultry or dairy). Initially, she confessed, she’d missed dairy and chocolate – but she’s now used to…

2 min
the name’s mcclure - vicky mcclure…

Vicky McClure, a.k.a. DC Kate Fleming, is riding high after that explosive Line of Duty finale on Sunday night, watched by millions across Britain. The star, who turns 38 on 8 May, has certainly been showing her mettle when it comes to action scenes in the hit BBC One police drama, which she’s starred in since 2012. Following an incredible car chase in the penultimate episode of the sixth series, Vicky was even being tipped for a role as the new James Bond, by impressed viewers. One took to Twitter to write, ‘Petition for Kate to be the next James Bond #lineofduty’ and another, ‘Yo Kate Fleming for Bond with that driving #LineofDuty.’ However, the actress later disappointed fans by revealing on the social media platform, ‘It pains me to say that’s as far…

5 min
my dying wife told me to find love again

Damian Lewis and I might not seem to have much in common. He’s a famous actor, I’m a river restoration specialist. He lives in London, my home is just outside Glasgow. But the devastating loss of his wife Helen McCrory, 52, last month has deeply touched me. I know all too well the nightmare of a wife’s cancer diagnosis. The stages of shock, and pain. Like Damian, I also held the hand of the woman I loved, as she was dying, and heard her tell me to find love again. I met Allison at work in 1998, when I was 31. I’d seen her around and liked her smile, so I asked to borrow some cleaning supplies. Hardly the smoothest move, but it led to us chatting and, finally, a first date. Sitting in…

5 min
i can’t remember my special moments

I was 10 and suffering the worst headache you could ever imagine. ‘It’s so painful,’ I cried to my mum and dad. That’s all I can recall about being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. My parents, Hannah and Stephen, now both 60, have told me I hallucinated that ladybirds and Duplo bricks were dancing on the walls. They rushed me to hospital near our home in Derby, where doctors discovered I had septicemia too. ‘If it reaches her hips, we’ll have to amputate her legs,’ doctors warned my distraught parents. At one point, they told them I had just 48 hours to live and said to prepare to say goodbye… But I was a fighter. I pulled through, though suffered with epilepsy until I was 12. Doctors said there could be other lasting damage, but it…

4 min
the big beauty questions

Q I’m using a lip balm every day but my lips are still seem really dry and lined. How can I make them softer and plumber? Rose, Essex A DR AAMER SAYS: Lips are the first to suffer if your skin is dehydrated. The outer layer of each lip is extremely thin and, unlike wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes, lips are rarely shielded from the sunshine. In fact, lips have almost no melanin, the natural pigment that helps screen out UV rays, so they can easily burn. Even licking lips dries them out! An injectable lip hydrator will help boost moisture and rehydrate. Unlike lip plumpers, these injectables improve skin quality, rather than change the shape, so there’s no danger of a trout pout. Owing to its elastic formula, the Teosyal…

6 min
bake it better!

Strawberry Bakewell Cake Just the thing for warm-weather picnics, this easy-to-transport almond-flavoured sponge is baked with a fragrant strawberry and crunchy flaked almond topping. Prep time: 15 mins, plus cooling Cook time: 50 mins Serves: 10 SMARTPOINTS® VALUE PER SERVING (6 Green 5 Blue 5 Purple) 192 kcal per serving Calorie-controlled cooking spray 2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed125ml agave syrup100g low-fat spread2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites100g plain flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon almond extract175g fresh strawberries, hulled and halved5g flaked almonds1 teaspoon icing sugar, to decorate 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Mist a 20cm springform or loose-bottomed cake tin with cooking spray and line the base and sides with baking paper. 2. Put the cannellini beans, agave syrup and low-fat spread in a food processor…