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12 beauty myths busted


Oily-skinned types should definitely steer clear of oil-based moisturisers, right? And keep guzzling delicious fruity juices to clear your complexion?

Cool for kids


We've all felt that sting of tomato soup against chapped lips, or the uncontrollable itch of a body starved of TLC during the colder months. So imagine what it feels like for young skin, that's so much more delicate than our own?


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AW15: Your catwalk crib sheet


Glad to finally see the back of winter? Aren't we all. But in the topsy-turvy world of luxury fashion, next winter is already in the frame.

Bags of attitude


With new drops landing in stores at a rate of knots, and sub-zero temperatures starting to subside, we're right on the cusp of the big spring fashion transition.

Button up for spring


When it comes to investing in a good jacket, trends aren't usually top of the agenda. But this season, it's a no-brainer.


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Gardening gifts for mum


As spring arrives, so do new gardening tools, sundries, gadgets and seeds, which are timely additions to the wealth of possible presents to give your gardening mum on Mother's Day.

Focus on your garden


Ever thought about how to capture frost-covered holly, close-ups of pretty petals or swathes of woodland bulbs in fading light?

When the chips are down


Potato aficionados will now have their windowsills awash with trays, on which seed potatoes are being 'chitted', encouraging the sprouts to appear before planting begins in earnest.

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WIN VIP tickets to LitFest event

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The sixth Oswestry Literary Festival takes place from March 13 with a host of top authors, writers and journalists appearing in Oswestry, to celebrate words written, spoken and sung, and we have two VIP reception tickets to each of these headline events up for grabs in today’s competition!


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5 tips for: choosing paint colours


1. It's not advisable to use a paint colour you don't know without trying it first - don't rely on printed colour cards, colours on computer screens, the colour on the tin, or the colour of the wet paint, as these can be misleading. Occasionally, colour cards are painted and these are, of course, more reliable than printed ones.

5 tips for: painting new plaster


1. Before painting newly plastered walls and ceilings, you first need to seal the plaster. New plaster is very absorbent and although there are paints and sealers designed for it, a common way to seal it is with watered-down emulsion, as the plaster sucks up the water. Painting plaster before it's fully dry can cause the paint to peel, giving you endless problems, so don't start too soon.

5 tips for choosing and using heat pumps


1. Most people opt for either a ground or air source heat pump because water source heat pumps need a lake, river or stream to work, and the majority of us don't have these in our garden.