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The ultimate holiday hit list

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Bikinis, sun hats and beach bags... You wouldn't pack a winter coat for your summer holiday, so why not make the same distinction with your beauty products?

Time to chill out

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Home or abroad, a dramatic rise in the barometer can mean chaos for your beauty regime.

The bronze age

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Why wait 'til the end of your holiday for a tan? Self tans are now so convincing that you can fast-forward the process and sport an all-over glow before you've even packed your suitcase.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Back to cool

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A sticky, heatwave can melt away the foundations of your working wardrobe in an instant.

Club Tropicana

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If you don't have a plane ticket booked for the tropics, get some exotic escapism via your closet.

It's all white

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If you've overdosed on bright colour, zingy neons and bold prints so far this summer, make a clean break with white. The coolest shade of the season is the ideal tonic for the heatwave months.

Gardening

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Don't lose the plot

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This summer, during National Allotments Week, many gardeners will be flying the flag for all those who love their allotments with commemorative events and grow-your-own celebrations.

Don't give your garden a holiday

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There's no reason your garden has to end up looking like a sea of straggly, wilted plants while you're on holiday, even if you don't have neighbours or friends who'll water it while you are away.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

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Since creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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Win a 12-month family pass for Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Celebrating its 1,100th birthday this year, Warwick Castle is home to live-actor attractions, birds of prey shows, trebuchet fireball spectaculars and heaps of horrible history brought to life. And we have got five annual family passes to give away in today’s gruesome competition.

Win unlimited free play for your child

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The UK’s largest soft play provider, Wacky Warehouse, is celebrating a very special birthday this year and to mark the occasion, we have teamed up with them to give you the chance to win a limited edition Wacky Platinum Card for your little one!

Food

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DIY

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Get on board

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If you're looking to transform or liven up your home's floorboards, staining or varnishing them might be the most obvious options, but painting them is the most hassle-free - and the most on-trend.

Showered with praise

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I recently went to a discussion on multi-generational homes with experts from the shower company, Mira Showers. There was a plumber, a psychologist, an architect and an interior designer, and they all made me realise just how much is involved in buying a new shower.