39 Cool Products On Amazon That Have At Least 5,000 Reviews

Imagine it: You come across a genius product on Amazon and are about to click the "Buy Now" button, but then you notice the reviews. Whether it has no reviews or only a few decent ones, it can be a bit dicy to invest in a product that hasn’t been put to the test. Realistically, cool products on Amazon with great reviews are the way to go.

Here’s why: People usually only take the time to write a review if they love or hate a product. If you see a product with over 5,000 positive reviews, it means that product is an absolute must-have. Take this electric foot file for example: I’d never consider it an essential without thousands of reviewers insisting it is. With that many passionate reviews telling me I can ditch expensive salon pedicures for good, you know what? I’m sold.

Reviews are also key when it comes to truly innovative products. For example, how would you know this hair growth shampoo is actually worth the price without 6,000 reviewers insisting this stuff works? Let’s face it: It’s easier to take a leap of faith on a budget fitness tracker or toilet bowl night light when a bunch of other people have done it, too.

It’s not always easy to find the coolest stuff on Amazon that’s already been vetted by hoards of passionate reviewers. Here’s a round-up of some of the best options to make the search way easier.

1. A Fitness Tracker That Takes Your Phone Calls

This fitness tracker has all the bells and whistles of pricier models, plus major love from reviewers. It features a heart rate sensor that continually tracks your pulse, and a seep tracker that tracks how many hours you sleep per night. It even allows you to switch between tracking all-day activities, like walking and step counts, and workouts. Plus, it notifies you when your texts and calls come through, and you can charge it with any standard USB cable.

2. Gloves That Prevent Cuts And Nicks

If you’re prone to cuts while working with knives in the kitchen, these super durable gloves are a must-have. They’re made from a unique blend of glass fibers and spandex so they’re stretchy and strong. And even though they’re thick, reviewers swear these gloves are lightweight enough to wear while chopping veggies or grating cheese. Some even insist they’ll last for years.

3. A Brush That’s Gentle On Your Scalp

Not only is this ergonomic brush easy to hold, it also detangles your hair with zero pain. The key is in the bristles — they’re cone-shaped to gently separate hair horizontally instead of puling straight down. It also features straight, yet flexible, bristles with no little beads on the ends so there’s no rubbing or poking against your scalp. Reviewers write that this brush works even on the thickest, knottiest hair.

4. A Travel Pillow That Cradles Your Head And Neck

This Y-shaped travel pillow offers tons of support that traditional travel pillows don’t. It features a third arm that hooks under your chin for added support, while the other two arms gently cradle your head. You can twist this pillow into different positions depending on how you like to sleep, and the cover is ridiculously soft. Reviewers say this is the only travel pillow they’ll ever buy again.

5. A Wireless Keyboard And Mouse With A Long Battery Life

This wireless keyboard and mouse combo is so easy to use, it’ll change the way you work at your computer. For one, the keyboard is ultra slim and lightweight so you can take it anywhere with you, and it features an innovative "wave" wrist rest. The keys also have enough give so your fingers won’t get tired. On top of that, the battery power is top-notch — the batteries in the keyboard live up to three years, and up to two in the mouse.

6. A Foot File That’ll Replace Your Pedicure

No more dropping cash on pricy pedicures with this electric foot file. The package comes with the electric foot file, batteries, and two roller heads — one regular and one ultra coarse. Just flip on the pedi file and dry roll the bottom of your feet to gently sand down any tough skin or callouses. Reviewer mention that only a few strokes with this little tool leaves their feet just as silky soft as a visit to the salon.

7. A Shampoo That Helps Your Hair Grow Faster

With over 6,000 positive reviews, it’s easy to see why reviewers rave about this growth-stimulating shampoo. It contains something something called CaffinoPlex, a nourishing caffeine compound that not only helps your hair grow, but prevents future hair loss. It features saw palmetto, an ingredient that makes your hair feel silky and luxr. This shampoo is also infused with essential oils so it smells like bliss every time you wash your hair.

8. A Cellphone Armband That’s Waterproof

This waterproof armband keeps yours cellphone close by while you run or walk through any weather. It’s made from a blend of Lycra and Neoprene so it won’t absorb water or slip on your arm. You can even still use your phone while it’s in the clear plastic sleeve so you don’t have to take it out to change your music while you workout.

9. A Memory Foam Cushion That Relieves Back Pain

This unique memory foam cushion is a fan favorite and for good reason: it’s soft to sit on and relieves back pain. The key is in the small cutout at the back — it allows the cushion to hold you without putting any pressure on your tailbone or sciatic nerve. Plus, the high-grade foam conforms with your body as you sit, and the removable velour cover is machine washable.

10. A Cooker That Makes Eggs Super Fast

Over 11,000 reviewers love this rapid egg cooker when it comes to handling their breakfast. You can hard boil, soft boil, scramble, or poach your eggs in this innovative little device — all you have to do is place your eggs inside, set the timer, and you’re done. It even features an auto shut-off feature so you never overcook your eggs or accidentally leave the cooker running.

11. A Water Flosser That’s Extremely Powerful

Say goodbye to traditional floss with this powerful water flosser. Instead of using waxy thread to get between teeth, this electric flosser uses a thin stream of water and high pressure to blast away plaque and debris. It features 10 intensity settings and seven different heads so you can use it with multiple family members. Plus, this is the only water flosser that’s approved by the American Dental Association, so you know your teeth are getting a good cleaning every time you use it.

12. A Brush That Actually Dries Your Hair

This innovative hair brush does it all: it dries, untangles, and gives you extra volume with just a few strokes. It features the same flexible bristles of a standard round brush, but the barrel features 1,100 watts of power to quickly and safely dry your hair. And unlike regular dryers, you can place this tool close to your hair without burning your scalp.

13. A Night Light That Attaches To Your Toilet

Forget stumbling through the dark with this toilet night light. It’s super simple to install; just clip the light to the side of your toilet bowl, press the button, and you’re ready to go. The motion sensor monitors the room for movement so when you come in, the inside of the bowl lights up. It even features multiple colors for some late night entertainment.

14. An Exfoliating Mask That Bubbles When You Put It On

This exfoliating clay mask literally bubbles as it clears out your pores. That’s because the clay is actually carbonated, so when you rub it onto your skin it starts to bubble. And while reviewers rave about how great it feels on your skin, the bubbles also help get deep into pores to remove stubborn blackheads, leaving your skin feeling buttery soft.

15. An Electric Kettle That’s Lightning Fast

You don’t have to wait for long for your water to boil with this speedy electric kettle. The base heats up quickly and the glass kettle can boil up to 1.5 liters of water in seven minutes or less. Plus, the glass is BPA and chemical-free so you don’t have to worry about ingesting any harmful chemicals. This kettle also features auto shut off so even if you forget to shut it off, it powers down by itself.

16. A Plug That Hooks Up To Your WiFi

Once you install this smart plug, you’ll never go back to standard plugs again. For one, it’s easy to install; just plug it into an open socket and finish setting up the WiFi connection in your Google Home or Alexa app. With the just the sound of your voice, you can control anything you plug in, from commanding your lamp to turn on to remotely shutting off your coffee pot.

17. A Makeup Brush Set That’s Literally Got You Covered

With 14 different pieces, this makeup brush set is the only one you’ll ever need. It comes with five facial brushes and nine various eyeshadow and liner brushes. Reviewers also gush over how soft and silky the bristles are, and how dense the brushes themselves are. Reviewers also mention that the bristles don’t fall out with use over time. Plus, with rose gold plated handles, these brushes are just pretty to look at.

18. A Sandwich Maker That Makes Breakfast Simple

Over 5,000 reviewers have nothing but great things to say about this breakfast sandwich maker. The key is in the layers — this maker features multiple cooking plates that cook your ingredients separately. One layer warms meats and veggies, while another plate literally cooks your egg inside the maker. The other layers are for your bread of choice. Just close the top, let your ingredients cook, and slide it out for a perfect sandwich every time.

19. Storage Vacuum Bags That You Can Reuse

These jumbo storage bags protect your thickest sweaters and blankets without taking up too much space. Here’s how they work: fit as much stuff as you can into a bag, then place your vacuum hose into the hole in the center of the bag. The vacuum gently sucks all the air from the bag, deflating it while also preventing your clothes from collecting dust, debris, and mold. Even better? You can reuse these bags over and over again as you need them.

20. A Handheld Tool That De-Fuzzes Your Sweaters

This genius fabric shaver removes lint and fuzz in five minutes flat. Just flick it on and run it over any fabric that’s plagued with fuzzies for a clean shave without any pulling. This little device also features a lint trap you can empty, and reviewers write that although it’s battery-powered, the batteries last a long time before they need to be replaced.

21. A Skillet That’s Already Seasoned

This six-inch skillet is the perfect size for a couple of eggs or a smaller serving size of sautéed veggies. Plus, it’s pre-seasoned so you don’t have to add cooking spray or oils; the pan easily releases food on its own. On top of that, this skillet is made from high-quality cast iron that won’t chip or crack, and the bottom heats food evenly throughout.

22. A Skin Serum That’s Super Hydrating

This skin serum is so luxe that over 8,000 reviewers swear by it as part of their daily routine. It made from 100 percent pure hyaluronic acid, which acts as a gentle exfoliating and hydrating agent. To use it, gently rub it into your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. Reviewers swear their skin feels like a dream with regular use.

23. Foot Cream That Heals Cracked Skin

Reviewers swear that this foot cream is a miracle worker when it comes to dry, cracked skin. When you put it on, it creates a thick, protectant layer over your skin so it can effectively heal. The high level of glycerin in the cream also traps in the moisture that your feet need to heal while preventing flaky skin and fissured heels at the same time.

24. A Straw That Works As A Water Filter Outdoors

You never have to be without clean water again with this personal filter straw. While it looks like a thick, reusable straw at first glance, it also features a micro-filtration membrane that filters out 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria and parasites found in lake or river water. It even removes the tiniest microplastics that are found in the environment for crystal-clear water, no matter where you are in the world.

25. A Top Coat That Leaves Your Nails Stronger

Not only does this top coat leave your nails super glossy, but it also makes them stronger. The difference is in the makeup of the gloss. After you paint you nails, you apply this clear coat as usual, but instead of sitting on top, this clear coat soaks through the lacquer and combines with the base coat to create one solid layer. Reviewers also love how quickly it dries, with one reviewer calling this "the holy grail of top coats."

26. A Waterproof Gel That Gives You Luxe Brows

This waterproof brow gel is the only solution you need to plump up thin brows. The gel itself comes in several shades to match to your hair color, and the wand features whisper-thin fibers to naturally fill in your brows, bit by bit. It’s also completely smudge-proof so you can wear it out during even the hottest days. And even better: the formula (and brand) is vegan and cruelty-free.

27. A Foundation Brush That Blends Flawlessly

This flat top brush has almost 12,000 reviews and for good reason: it works amazingly well and doesn’t cost a fortune. It’s made from short, dense synthetic bristles as a sturdy wooden handle with rose gold plating. Reviewers have used this brush to blend everything from liquid foundations to concealers to powders and their makeup comes out perfectly blended every time.

28. An Electric Toothbrush That’s Rechargeable

If you’re after a squeaky clean mouth, this rechargeable toothbrush is both affordable and easy to use. For one, it’s easy to recharge; just pop the toothbrush into the base after each use and it’ll be ready to go for the next brushing. It also lets you know when it’s time to replace the head. When the small, blue "reminder bristles" start to disappear, you know it’s time to change out the head attachment. Plus with multiple speeds and a timer, it’s easy to see why this toothbrush is a fan favorite.

29. A Knife Sharpener That Costs Less Than A Large Coffee

This knife sharpener gives new life to your knives and is ridiculously affordable. It features two slots, or stages. The first stage grinds of a tiny bit of metal from the edge of your knife to make it sharper, and the second stage polishes it smooth. This sharpener also features an edge gripper so you can secure it firmly to the edge of your countertop or table so it won’t slip while you work.

30. A Water Bottle That Keeps Your Drink Cold For Hours

This water bottle keeps drinks ice cold (or piping hot) for hours at a time. Here’s how it works: The inner core is made from chemical-free stainless steel, and the outer core is layered with a powder coat that won’t form condensation. On top of that, the lid and mouthpiece both seal off tightly to trap in air and keep your drink at your ideal temp.

31. A Pressure Gauge That Digitally Reads Your Tires

This digital tire gauge takes all the guesswork out of reading your air pressure. Just insert the nozzle into the valve stem, click the button, and the display instantly lights up with your pressure reading. The nozzle even features a small light so you can easily find the valve stem in the dark. Overall, reviewers love this little device for its efficiency and small size.

32. An Electric Shaver That’s Completely Cordless

If you’re in the market for a new razor, this brilliant electric shaver works amazingly well on both wet and dry skin. It features three super sharp, thin blades and a rotating head to gently glide over your skin. The blades are even totally hypoallergenic and simple to clean with just water. Plus, this shaver comes with a detail attachment and you can recharge the battery in between shaving sessions.

33. A Cooking Thermometer That Reads Your Food Instantly

You don’t need to guess when your meat’s done with this instant read kitchen thermometer. For one, it features a four-inch, stainless steel probe that can be inserted into various meats, or even candy. The thermometer also reads the temperature instantly so you can remove your food from a heat source quickly if needed. And with over 10,000 people loving this thermometer, there’s good reason to believe it’s a must-have for your kitchen.

34. A Bowl That Makes Popcorn In Your Microwave

This silicone bowl doubles as both a popcorn maker and holder. To use, just put as many popcorn kernels as you’d like into the bowl, apply the vented lid, and microwave. When the popcorn’s finished, you can take off the lid and serve right away — the bowl never gets too hot. And when you’re finished, collapse the bowl to easily store it in a drawer or cabinet until your next movie night.

35. A USB Charger That Has Two Ports

You don’t have to wait for one device to charge to plug in the next with this dual port charger. It features one textured charger block with prongs that can be flipped up when you travel with it. It also has two slots for separate USB cords so you can charge multiple devices without taking up another socket. Reviewers even mention that this little device seems to charge their electronics faster.

36. Wool Balls That’ll Replace Your Dryer Sheets

Say goodbye to those disposable, waxy sheets with these wool dryer balls. They’re made with 100 percent high-quality wool that naturally collects lint and prevents static. As they bounce around during a drying cycle, they also prevent your clothes from becoming knotted up in each other, reducing drying and ironing time. Some reviewers even add a few drops of essential oil to them to give their laundry a scent boost.

37. A Curling Wand That Has Pearl Plates

This curling wand features pearl ceramic plates that won’t fry your hair. You can even crank the heat up to 410 degrees without damaging your hair at all. The barrel itself is shaped like a cone — slimmer on top than on the bottom — to create a soft, windswept wavy look. On top of that, the controls are completely digital, making it easy to adjust the temp as you curl.

38. A Face And Body Mask That Heals Your Skin

Over 17,000 reviewers insist that this clay mask is a lifesaver for your skin. It’s made from 100 percent Calcium Bentonite clay that deeply penetrates pores and nourishes skin. Reviewers have used this mask to clear up everything from cystic acne to dry, eczema-prone skin with great results, and other comment that one tub of this mask lasts forever, making it well worth the investment.

39. An Indoor Camera That Works With Alexa

This indoor smart camera does it all — captures recordings during the day, with night vision, and even syncs up with your Alexa or Google Home. It features 1080 pixels of full HD streaming, and you can even watch the livestream directly on your smart phone. This little camera will also let you know when it detects someone in a room and alert you through your app. You can even play back videos or store them in the Cloud for up to two weeks at a time.

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The PONY x MAC Tarot Card Makeup Collection Will Create Looks That Are Out Of This World

With a cool 6.6 million followers on Instagram and 5.2 million subscribers on YouTube, it goes without saying that South Korea-based makeup artist PONY (Park Hye-Min) Park has built quite the following. And that’s because her makeup tutorials, specifically the ones where she transforms herself into major celebrities, are pretty incredible. Now, the makeup artist has teamed up with MAC’s global team to launch the MAC x PONY Park Tarot Card-Inspired Collection.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Seoul native took to her Instagram to announce the launch of her new makeup collection with MAC. The MUA revealed that the new collection will be available in stores and online at Nordstrom on Sept. 21, in stores and online at MAC on Sept. 23, and then will release globally in October.

As far as what you can expect from the new collection, it’s a limited edition line that is made up of nine products. The range includes an eight-shade eyeshadow palette that will retail for $35, a lip-plumping lip gloss for $20, two highlighters for $37, a Prep + Prime Fix+ Face Mist with pearl shimmer for $30, two makeup brushes, and a set of false lashes.

Then, to round out the collection PONY and MAC worked together to create a new product dubbed the Matte Lip Mousse, which will retail for $20. In a press release sent to Elite Daily, MAC described the product as "an ethereally weightless formula that glides on evenly for misty soft-matte color.”

According to PONY, the creation of this brand new product brings an added element of K-beauty into the new collection. "Recently, a velvet-type texture that’s not too matte and not too glossy is trendy among Korean consumers. This Matte Lip Mousse is just right, super smooth and has just the right amount of color pigment and saturation," PONY told Hypebae in an interview.

As far as the shade ranges that are included in the MAC x PONY collection, you can expect the lips shades to range from rich plums to cool fuchsias to warm pinks. The eyeshadow palette features a range of eight warm neutrals available in velvety finishes, and the new highlighters feature icy iridescent hues.

In addition to launching a new nine-piece collection that includes a brand new lip product, this new launch also boasts a chic celestial packaging. PONY worked with the MAC team to incorporate her love for tarot cards and the special aura that they give off as inspiration for the collection. Each product is wrapped in sun, moon, and star packaging, each embedded with a spiritual meaning.

"I wanted everyone to have a chance to experience this kind of celestial mood and aura through my makeup collection," PONY told Hypebae. "In the tarot cards, the Sun, the Moon and the Star have both positive and negative meanings. These are symbolic in my daily life that embodies both the positive and the negative. Overall, they are a positive driving force for me."

Whether you want to add these tarot card-inspired products to your vanity to fit in with your tray of crystals or you can’t wait for the new velvety Matte Lip Mousse to become available, you can look forward to shopping the new collection at Nordstrom come Sept. 21. However, like with all of MAC’s limited edition collections, you’ll want to act fast so you can get your hands on these products before they sell out.

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Amal Clooney's Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring Is a 7-Carat Dream

Amal Clooney’s Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring Is a 7-Carat Dream

I’m not sure why it took Amal Clooney 25 minutes to accept her emerald-cut, triple-stone engagement ring from George — I’d be begging for him to slip that sparkler onto my finger. (OK, I’m kidding, Amal was probably just shocked by George’s proposal). Even so, Amal’s design, which she received in April 2014 ahead of the couple’s nuptials, is the type that deserves a close-up. It reportedly weighs in at over seven carats and features a baguette on each side of the gorgeous center stone. Professionals guess that the ring cost a whopping $600,000 to $750,000, so it makes sense that Amal still wears it for many fancy occasions, various work outings, and red carpet appearances — this stunner certainly deserves the spotlight.

While I consider Amal’s ring design to be glamorous, the structure is sophisticated, and Amal is just that. She seamlessly works the diamond with gold jewelry, floor-sweeping gowns, and modest shift dresses for on-duty moments, proving that even an engagement ring this extravagant can still be considered versatile. If you’re a gal who dreams of wearing something extraordinary like Amal’s emerald-shaped accessory, I shopped out some similar versions for you ahead at a variety of price points. But first, zoom in on Amal’s finest moments showing off her engagement ring.

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Prince Harry jokes he’s been wearing ‘budgie smugglers’ in UK heatwave in personal letter to Aussie sports star

THERE'S no denying that us Brits weren't made for extreme weather – and it turns out, Prince Harry is no different.

The Duke of Sussex joked that he'd been getting plenty of use out of his Invictus Games "budgie smugglers" – otherwise known as speedos – in a letter to an Australian sports star.

Paralympian Dylan Alcott shared a photo of the letter he received from the Prince with his 24,000 followers earlier this week.

The wheelchair basketball star wrote: "Pen pals with the Duke of Sussex himself – Prince Harry.. what an absolute legend.. "

During this royal tour Australia last October, Prince Harry and Dylan were presented with a set of matching Invictus Games-inspired speedos – and the Duke was so thrilled, he immediately put them on over his trousers.

Since then, the new Dad has revealed he's been putting the speedos to good use – and wanted to know if Dylan has been doing the same.

The Duke wrote: "I wanted to pass on my congratulations for your recent win at Wimbledon and your most popular new talent award!

"Thank you for the special contribution that you made to sharing the stories of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women on the Invictus Games Today show.

"Your achievements are extraordinary and the impact you have in raising awareness and changing perceptions of disability is really inspiring. I wish you the very best of luck for the future, on-air and on-court!

"P.S. I'm wondering if you wore your Invictus Games budgies smugglers on the big night to accept it? Mine have come in handy in this recent UK heatwave!"

The Duke of Sussex was referencing the heatwave last month which saw temperature reach a record-breaking 38.7C on July 25.

Royal fans were quick to praise the Prince for the hilarious letter – with many labelling him an "inspiration".

"This is why he's my favourite Royal," one wrote.

Another added: "What a PS! Well deserved."

A third wrote: "That PS is gold."

In more Royal Family news, Piers Morgan has mocked Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's private jet row by tweeting a photo of himself on a flight to Nice captioned "this is what Economy looks like".

And Ellen DeGeneres has defended "compassionate, down-to-earth" Meghan Markle and Prince Harry amid their private jet row.

Plus The Queen's corgis are fed in "order of seniority" and each has their own specially devised menu.

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Rich Kid of Instagram accused of animal cruelty after letting a lion cub play in her Lamborghini – The Sun

A ‘RICH Kid’ of Instagram has been slammed online after posing with a lion cub and letting it roam around her Lamborghini.

Natalia Itani, who has 248,000 followers on social media,
horrified her fans when she shared snaps of herself posing with a lion cub.

Natalia, from Dubai, angered people after treating the wild
animal as a pet, with people accusing her of animal cruelty.

She shared two photos of the cub in her purple supercar, and
a video of it walking over the red interior.

Natalia captioned her posts on Instagram: “Hi there little guy.

“Hakuna Matata… did you know? It means ‘no worries’.

“Life is too short, enjoy it while you can.”

And on the short clip of the big cat, she asked fans to come up with a caption.

She added: “I guess little Simba really liked my car
interior. Thank you.”

But her stunt hasn't gone down well online, with people branding her “stupid” and “irresponsible”.

Others accused her of animal abuse, reminding her wild
animals aren’t accessories.

One person said: “Should be playing at the savana, not
inside this f***** car!!! Stupid and irresponsible s***!!”

Another said: “Animal abuse. What’s wrong with you?”

A third wrote: “This is so dumb. poor lion.”

Someone else thought: “Unfollow. Animals aren’t accessories.”

Another commented: “Makes me sick to watch.”

And this person raged: “F****** joke that you promote this s***. Just because someone has a s**t ton of money they shouldn't be allowed to keep wild animals as pets.

“No wonder the decline of animals is growing when thats like this are allowed to buy animals for f****** likes on the gram. [sic]”

Shoppers also lashed out at Fashion Nova after a model posed with a bear cub.

Meanwhile the rich parents of Instagram have been sharing enviable snaps of their summer holidays.

And these ‘Anti Rich Kids’ of Instagram create hilarious parodies poking fun at the snobby show offs.  

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My best friend thought her mum had killed herself – then her dad told me he’d murdered her – The Sun

WHEN Natalia Mikhailova heard her best friend’s mum had killed herself, she was devastated and immediately rallied around to support her.

The 31-year-old care worker, who lives in Swansea, first met pal Nicole Njegovan in a bar in 2015 – they clicked straight away and bonded over their shared hobbies.

She became a close friend of the family but nothing could prepare her for the confession from Nicole's dad, Derek Potter, 64, who admitted to murdering his wife Lesley, 66, just days before her cremation.

Horrified, Natalia felt she had no choice but to go to the police and see Derek jailed for his crimes.

But the decision was not an easy one, it sent shock waves through the family and ultimately saw her friendship with Nicole shattered.

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, Natalia shares her shocking story…

I moved to Wales from Russia when I was 16, but I've never struggled to make friends.

When I met Nicole in a bar, we hit it off straight away. We had lots in common but bonded over our shared love of partying.

Recovering from one of our nights out over cups of tea at Nicole’s place, her dad Derek popped by.

Nicole introduced us but I thought he didn’t like me. He grunted in my direction before heading for the door.

Nicole introduced me to her dad but I thought he didn’t like me. He grunted in my direction before heading for the door

After that, I bumped into Derek at Nicole’s house a few times and soon met her mum Lesley.

I offered her a lift home and we chatted in the car. She seemed lovely.

I didn’t see Lesley again and, when Nicole fell pregnant, our days of partying together came to an end.

Two months later, on April 7, 2018, I was sunbathing in front of my house.

When my phone beeped with a text from Nicole, I expected a pregnancy update.

My jaw hit the floor as I read her message. It said her mum had taken her own life. Her poor dad had found her naked body in their bedroom.

Nicole was four months pregnant and devastated her mum had left her at such a crucial time.

I sent a message back to say how sorry I was and offered to do anything I could to help.

I didn’t know Lesley well, but I felt so sad for her and all her family.

My jaw hit the floor as I read her message. It said her mum had taken her own life

The date for Lesley's cremation was set for four weeks after her death, and I promised Nicole I'd be there.

She also took me up on my offer to help, asking me to do some cleaning for her dad and give him a hand with a roofing job.

I was working as a cleaner at the time and had helped an ex-boyfriend out with roofing in the past, so I was happy to help and made it clear I didn’t expect any payment.

On April 25, I met Derek at the building job in Mumbles, Swansea.

It was another hot day and we worked into the evening, downing tools at 7pm.

Derek insisted on buying me a drink to say thank you, so we headed to the pub for a pint.

When I arrived at the pub, Derek had already bought our drinks and found an empty table in the corner.

Matter of factly, he told me that he loved his wife very much but she was doing his head in so he strangled her

We made small talk as we drank our beers and I asked Derek how he was doing.

Matter of factly, he told me that he loved his wife very much but she was doing his head in so he strangled her.

I almost choked on my drink. I didn’t know whether he was joking or not – but either way it wasn’t funny.

When he asked me not to tell Nicole, I quickly agreed.

Then the conversation took a different turn. Derek asked me to move in with him, telling me sex didn’t have to be part of the deal.

Shaking my head in disbelief, I told Derek he was crazy.

Keeping my cool, I bought another round and changed the subject. But at home later that night, I freaked out.

Lesley's funeral was in less than a week and, if what he said was true, all evidence would be destroyed when they cremated her body.

Derek tried to flirt with me and I wondered whether he’d fancied me all along

The next day, after a sleepless night going over the conversation with Derek in my head, I returned to complete the roofing job.

Derek tried to flirt with me and I wondered whether he’d fancied me all along.

I just wanted to get through the day. When we packed up, job done, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Back at home, I tried to convince myself Derek was winding me up with his story.

But I was in turmoil. I couldn’t get what he’d told me out of my head.

The next day, I called a lawyer friend in Canada who urged me to report what I’d been told to the police.

Hours later, I gave a formal statement at the police station. I felt a huge sense of relief.

I was worried about Nicole but had to end all contact with her and her family because of the investigation.

I barely slept and was unable to work. But deep down, I knew I was doing the right thing

The police kept me up to date. Just days before she was due to be cremated, Lesley’s body was removed from the Chapel of Rest and returned to hospital for a full and detailed post-mortem.

Meanwhile, my own life was on hold. I barely slept and was unable to work. But deep down, I knew I was doing the right thing.

Six months later, in October 2018, Derek appeared at Swansea Crown Court charged with murdering his wife of 26 years.

As a witness for the prosecution, I was nervous. But taking deep, calming breaths, I told the court what I knew.

The post-mortem revealed Lesley's body was covered in bruises and grazes – on her neck, face, arms, back, legs and feet.

If I hadn’t gone to the police when I did, Derek would have got away with murder


She'd suffered 30 rib fractures and also had injuries to her neck – which were consistent with strangulation.

Giving evidence, Derek blamed his wife's injuries on sex games they enjoyed together – but the jury saw through his lies.

They found him guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison – to serve a minimum of 17 years.

All the months of anguish were worth it to see justice done.

If I hadn’t gone to the police when I did, Derek would have got away with murder.

In a statement after the trial, Nicole and her family publicly thanked me for coming forward. But our friendship has never recovered.

Yesterday, we spoke to a woman whose monster Plenty of Fish date beat her so hard a TUMOUR formed behind her ear, leaving her deaf.

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I don’t sunbathe but I’m dying of skin cancer – my body is riddled – The Sun

A MUM dying of skin cancer said her diagnosis came as a huge shock – as she has never sunbathed.

Shellie Clark was told she had melanoma – the deadliest form of the disease – five months ago.

The 38-year-old said she has never worshipped the sun and fears if it can happen to her, the "Love Island culture" will be the death of many young people.

She warned the ITV2 show could prompt a rise in cases of skin cancer, as young fans try to emulate the stars.

It comes after islander Amy Hart revealed on Loose Women that the girls on the show ignored producers and refused to wear sun cream.

This week Fabulous launched its Dying For A Tan campaign, to raise awareness of the devastating impact sunbeds can have on users' health.

Around 16,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, and six Brits lose their life to the disease every day.

Shellie – mum to Ethan, 15, and Joshua, 14 – said: “All Love Island is promoting is to be beautiful, but you need to be tanned.

“The focus is you want to go brown.

“There is also the pressure on social media to be body beautiful.

“I can imagine skin cancer is going to rise profusely in the next couple of years and it is a worry.”


The most common sign of melanoma is a new mole or a change in an existing mole.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour. The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole which changes progressively in shape, size and/or colour.

The ABCDE checklist should help you tell the difference between a normal mole and a melanoma:

  • Asymmetrical – melanomas have 2 very different halves and are an irregular shape
  • Border – melanomas have a notched or ragged border
  • Colours – melanomas will be a mix of 2 or more colours
  • Diameter – most melanomas are larger than 6mm (1/4 inch) in diameter
  • Enlargement or elevation – a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be a melanoma

Source: NHS

Former bar manager Shellie said her skin is so pale, she's never tanned – so was shocked to be told she had just months to live.

"I never sun worshipped, I always kept covered up," she said.

"I have such pale skin, and I knew from a young age that all I did was burn.

"I never tanned, so I never bothered trying.

"If it can happen to me, who has literally stayed covered up, then it can affect anyone, especially the younger generation."

Shellie, from Maidenhead, Berks, spotted a mole on her leg had changed, but didn't realise it needed to be checked.

Then she ignored more warning signs – fatty lumps, a constant cold, and struggling to walk downstairs and finish her sentences.

But when she noticed a lump above her left breast, Shellie decided to check it out.

Her GP referred her to a breast clinic, where specialists carried out tests which revealed her skin cancer.

"When I was told it was melanoma, I had to look it up," she said.

"I didn't know anything about it. I presumed all the signs would be on your skin and not inside your body."

Doctors initially gave Shellie between three and four months to live.

"I was told I needed to go home and put my affairs in order now," she said.

"I can't describe those dark few days of no future.

"But we are now beyond the first prognosis, my first milestone was reaching my son Joshua's birthday in May, so that was great.

"We've just passed another one, my partner's birthday on Saturday."

Now she wants to raise awareness to stop others facing her ordeal.

"Everyone has moles, I didn't have the education and wasn't informed enough about the changes to them," she said.

“I really want to influence that.

“If I had known that little bit of information it could have been 100 per cent curable.”

By the time doctors detected Shellie's cancer it had already spread to her ovaries, adrenal glands, soft tissue, lymph nodes, lungs, chest wall, both breasts and her brain.

So far she has stunned doctors, by living longer than the three months they predicted.

She is having immunotherapy treatment to try and extend her life, and give her longer with her kids.


here are an estimated 7,000 tanning salons in Britain, with some offering sessions from as little as 50p a minute.

Kids as young as EIGHT are using sunbeds, with seemingly little understanding they are playing Russian Roulette with their health.

According to Cancer Research UK, Melanoma skin cancer risk is 16-25 per cent higher in people who have used a sunbed (at any age), compared to people who have never used sunbeds. 

This is because sunbeds pelt the skin with such strong UV rays which increase the risk of developing malignant melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer. 

Just 20 minutes on one is comparable to four hours in the sun – with many stronger than Mediterranean rays at midday.

In many cases the damage is invisible until it’s too late, as it can take up to 20 years to become apparent.

Around 16,000 new melanoma skin cancer cases are diagnosed in the UK every year – that's 44 every day.

There are around 2,300 melanoma skin cancer deaths annually – that's more than six every day.

It’s part of the reason the World Health Organisation has deemed sunbeds are as dangerous as smoking.

This is why Fabulous says it is time to stop Dying For A Tan.

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Marmite fans shocked after man points out jars’ flat edges are for ‘getting the last bits out’ – The Sun

MARMITE lovers have been left shocked after a Twitter user claims the flat sides of the jars are for getting the last bits of spread out more easily.

The “life-changing revelation" was made online with several fans saying their minds had been blown.

Twitter user John aka @casioroee uploaded a shot of his marmite jar positioned on its side.

He added the caption: “It took me years to realise that near-empty Marmite jars should be kept on their side so you can the last of it out more easily. That’s why the jar is flat is the sides.”

Since posting earlier today, his tweet has racked up hundreds of likes and a host of flabbergasted responses from his followers.

One said: “Whaaaaaaaatttttt? How have I got to the age of *mumbles incoherently* without knowing this?”

Another added: “You've changed my life”, and someone gushed: “The word Epiphany gets used a lot these days, but in this instance it's fully justified.”

Meanwhile, one person said: “That made me spit my tea out and I'm a Marmite lover.”

And one queried: “Do you reckon even Marmite manufacturers know this? It’s brilliant…thank you!”


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Other people were impressed, and offered their own tips for scraping out the last bits of marmite.

A marmite fan advised: “Hot water and added to a sauce, best way to savour every last drop."

Another agreed: “Now you know! And for the very last dregs, swill it round with hot water for a marmite drink (this is only for those that truly love it).”

Unilever, the organisation that produces Marmite, has been contacted for comment.

Last year, Marmite said it was making a huge change to its recipe – but it was for a good reason.

And Marmite XO ‘extra old’ spread is back after ten years and you can buy it in Tesco.


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The Queen is ‘upset’ and ‘annoyed’ about Netflix’s The Crown – because of this episode

NETFLIX drama The Crown has had viewers around the world hooked – and The Queen herself is said to have been a fan.

But she is said to have been "upset" and "annoyed" with a TV portrayal of Prince Philip as an uncaring father, royal sources have revealed.

The Queen is said to have been "reasonably impressed" with series one about the early years of her reign, but this did not extend to season two.

Her Majesty was said to have been unimpressed by the episode, called Paterfamilias, which depicts Princes Charles’ unhappy experiences at Gordonstoun School.

The Queen is said to favour Eton for her son, while The Duke of Edinburgh supposedly wanted Charles to follow in his father’s footsteps and attend the Scottish boarding school.

The episode shows Prince Philip in a flashback being punished for fighting, competing in cross-country runs in the bitter cold, and being made to build the front gate while battling the elements – though ultimately growing to love the school.

However,  Charles is shown to be bullied and unhappy at the school years later, with little sympathy from his dad.

Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith, tells Charles’ character he is “bloody weak” after being found crying.

But a senior courtier told The Express: "The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the Royal Family and she cannot change that.

"But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s wellbeing.

"She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland.

“That simply did not happen."

While Prince Charles did admit the school was tough, branding it “Colditz in kilts”, he later praised it, saying: “It was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual than most other schools, mentally or physically.

“It taught me a great deal."

He boarded there until 1967, when he left for Cambridge University.

Historian Robert Lacey said: "Philip has been depicted as cruel for wanting him to go there but he did it for the best of motives.

"When Philip was there, he found the hardships and the challenges uplifting."

The Queen is said to have given The Crown a watch after being persuaded by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.

Mike Tindall has also revealed that him and wife Zara are "addicted" to it, and actress Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, said Princess Eugenie revealed the Queen enjoyed the first season.

Vanessa said that Philip doesn't watch it as he "can't be bothered".

Series three of The Crown is underway, with Olivia Coleman set to take up the role of Her Majesty during the 1960s.

We previously told how Meghan Markle revealed she kept this memento from her first date with Prince Harry – and hid it inside her wedding dress.

We shared how ‘eco-warriors’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fly on private jet again to France after gas-guzzling Ibiza trip.

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The REAL Peaky Blinders… Who were the brutal Birmingham criminal gang members that inspired the BBC series?

THE sleek yet brutal BBC series, which returns with season five on August 25, has captivated audiences worldwide… but who were the REAL Peaky Blinders?

The gangsters on whom the show is based were a criminal urban youth gang based in Birmingham in the late 19th century. Here's the lowdown…

And while Cillian Murphy's character Thomas Shelby is a work of fiction, what the gang got up to was just as dramatic, violent and dark as the show makes out.

Their name, Peaky Blinders, is said to have come from gang members stitching razor blades into the peak of their flat caps.

The Peaky Blinders' girlfriends also had a uniform of sorts, including pearls, a large fringe and a silk handkerchief covering their throats.

Professor Carl Chinn, a Birmingham-based historian who began researching these infamous Brummie gangs back in the 1980s and has written a book called The Real Peaky Blinders, is pleased the programme has brought his beloved hometown into the spotlight.

Their name, Peaky Blinders, is said to have come from gang members stitching razor blades into the peak of their flat capsHe told the Birmingham Mail: "With its captivating cinematography, charismatic performances, and dramatic title, the Peaky Blinders series on BBC2 seized the attention of viewers and critics alike in the autumn of 2013.

“Stylish yet dark, it was set in the back streets of Birmingham after the First World War and told of the rise to power of Tommy Shelby and his criminal gang of Peaky Blinders.

“Fashionably dressed, they were named after the weapon they used in fights: the peaks of their flat caps into which had been sewn safety razors and which were slashed across the foreheads of their opponents, causing blood to pour down into their eyes and blind them.”

However, his research has led him to believe that the sewn-in razor blades could well be a myth.

“It’s really interesting to look back at the mythologized version of the story and the reality,” he explained.

“There was no real Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders were around in the 1890s and yet the series is set in the 1920s.

“As for the razor blades? They were only beginning to come in from the 1890s and were a luxury item, much too expensive for the Peaky Blinders to have used.

“And any hard man would tell you it would be very difficult to get direction and power with a razor blade sewn into the soft part of a cap. It was a romantic notion brought about in John Douglas’s novel, A Walk Down Summer Lane.

“But I can understand why the series producers used the name because it’s infused with gangsterdom.

“And I’m pleased the matriarchal strong women are a huge aspect of the programme. I think most working class men were raised by strong women.

"The series is gripping and beautifully shot. It has gained national attention and done a lot for Birmingham.”

He praised the references to Birmingham pubs, such as the Garrison, and firms like the BSA, as they maintain a strong sense of place amid the pacy plot.

His findings suggest the Peaky Blinders were followed by a large pre-war gang called the Brummagem Boys – a “loose collection of pick-pockets, racecourse thieves and pests who were gaining a lot of power”.

By the 1920s, a group called The Birmingham Gang emerged – many members of which were from the Brummagem Boys.

They went on to become the most feared and notorious gangs in the country – led by Billy Kimber, a character in the show's first season.

Philip Gooderson, author of The Gangs of Birmingham, states that the Peaky Blinders originated as one gang but the term later became generic.

Professor Chinn said: "My book is not about the series, it’s about the real people behind the story, and their story is as dramatic and compelling and bloody as the series."

The Real Peaky Blinders by Carl Chinn (£12.95, Brewin Books) is available online and from good bookshops.

Season four of the hit drama began on Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm on BBC Two.

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is set for a role in the BBC gangster drama.

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