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Overnight success

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Everyone knows that getting eight hours of shut-eye a night will ensure you look your best, but did you also know you can harness the power of sleep to boost your natural beauty?

Let's smooth this out

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A smooth, wrinkle-free complexion is top of everyone's wish list when it comes to skincare, but with so many products out there promising miracle results, it can be hard to know where to start.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Playing the field

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With a Chanel 'gym' just opened in swanky New York department store Bergdorf Goodman (sort of - you can't actually workout there) and Alexander Wang's collection touching down in H&M this month, it's official: sport has never been more stylish.

Once upon a time…

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Fashion is often fantastical, but it's gone all-out this winter, as folklore and fairy tales were the inspiration for some of the stand-out shows during the AW14 fashion weeks.

Seeing red

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In a sea of dark neutrals, red is fashion's standout hue of choice this season.

Gardening

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Beat the winter chill

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We may have had storms and rain, but while the ground's workable, gardeners should make the most of the time they have left to do the jobs which will give them a head start next year.

Ghoulish greenery

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You may be opening your front door to mischievous trick or treaters in ghoulish guises this Halloween, but peep into your back garden and you could also spot some stinking, spiky and poisonous subjects.

Be inspired by autumn walks

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So it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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WIN a luxury gift set

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In today’s competition, award-winning brand Winter in Venice are giving you the chance to win a luxury gift set worth £50!

WIN a family Annual Pass for Warwick Castle

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In today’s terrifying competition we’ve got five Annual Family Passes to give away for unlimited day entry plus, a superb reader offer giving you the chance to visit Warwick Castle during their spooky spectacular.

WIN Symphony Hall concert tickets

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The Glory of Christmas comes to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, with its seasonal and traditional music perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. And in today’s festive competition we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the performance on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm – and we have eight pairs up for grabs!

Food

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DIY

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5 renovation steps you can't avoid

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When renovating your home, the final style and finish of your home is entirely up to you - where you have less free rein, however, is in these five renovation essentials...

Tap into a trend

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Bath and basin taps are essential to any bathroom, but their beauty doesn't stop at function; they can also be a design statement in their own right.

Brighten up

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North-facing rooms are always a challenge to decorate, because they get little or no direct sunlight, and any little natural light they do get is cold. For this reason, it's best to avoid cold colours like grey and stick to warm ones; go for yellows and creamy neutrals to make the room feel lighter and brighter. If you want a bit more colour, you can also embrace darker ones as long as they are warm, perhaps choose a moody, dramatic colour like purple.