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Brush up your beauty knowledge


Cosmetics-obsessed vloggers, like Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg, have taken the world by storm with their step-by-step YouTube make-up tutorials - inspiring us all to get a bit more adventurous with our beauty routines.

Dyeing to go blonde?


When Kim Kardashian West unveiled her dramatic new do at Paris Fashion Week in March, brunettes the world over wondered: just how did she get her dark locks so light?

Happy go plucky!


Did you know that in Ancient Greece, the monobrow was seen as a symbol of great beauty and intelligence?


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Will you be suede?


Chiming with the change of direction, which saw so many collections veering towards a Seventies vibe, suede overtook leather as the designer hide of choice for spring.

The only way is ethics


Now in its second year, Fashion Revolution Day on April 24 marks the day in 2013 when 1,133 people died and more than 2,500 others were injured, when a building housing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh.

Dressed for duty


It started with Marc Jacobs' stand out show at New York Fashion Week. The ever-influential designer was in army mode for SS15, taking uniform colours and flak jacket detailing, and blowing everything up: big collars, bigger buttons and huge patch pockets everywhere.


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A touch of frost


It's so tempting, I know. All those annuals you've sown indoors from seed are now big enough to plant out, the tomato seedlings are doing well and you just want to clear those windowsills, the greenhouse or the conservatory to make a head start on summer.

Love your lawn


As the weather warms up, the grass will be growing - so you need to get rid of lumps, bumps and bald patches to ensure you have a carpet of green velvet in the months ahead.

How to outwit squirrels


Some of my prize spring bulbs simply haven't appeared this year, including tulips and crocuses, which I planted in the autumn. The culprits? Grey squirrels.

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Five tips for roof maintainence


1. Your home's roof should be inspected at least twice a year, both from the outside (preferably using binoculars) and inside the loft. If you can see daylight in the loft, there's probably something missing on the outside. Roof tiles or slates that have broken, slipped out of place, or been blown off are a common occurrence. If they're not replaced, rainwater will get into the loft and cause damage there and then the rooms below. Water staining in the loft is an early warning sign of a problem with the roof covering, so get it looked at by a reputable roofer straightaway.

5 tips for buying at property auctions


1. The first step is to find auction houses that sell properties in the area you're looking in. London auctions have properties in London and the Home Counties, but also some much further afield. Outside London, auction houses are more likely to specialise in local properties. Once you've found an auction house, get on its mailing list, either for paper or online auction catalogues. The catalogue should be available a few weeks before the auction, usually with a schedule of viewing for the properties being sold. The catalogue/website will also have the guide prices and conditions of sale.