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Beauty

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Make-up that makes a difference

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The Pink Ribbon was officially adopted as the symbol for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1992, and since then, millions have been raised to help fund vital research and support people with the disease - which killed more than 11,600 women and 73 men in 2012.

The backstage rebels

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Spring/summer season at Fashion Week is notorious for its no-make-up looks. The fresh-faced glows, the oh-so slightly dewy cheeks and rosebud mouths.

Bare-faced cheek

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As the season changes and skin loses its post-summer glow, it might not be the best time to let you know that barely-there make-up is the go-to look for autumn. But don't worry, it might look like you've climbed out of bed, gulped down a healthy juice and simply swept a slick of mascara over your lashes, but there's more to this look than meets the eye.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Mod-ify your style

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Every season has a vintage obsession, and for autumn/winter 2014 it's undoubtedly the era that brought us miniskirts and mods.

Get your coat...

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Wave goodbye to the Indian summer. Instead, shift your focus to the serious business of buying a winter coat.

Get the London look

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When it comes to the Fashion Week calendar, London is undoubtedly the most experimental of the capitals, while New York is commercial, Milan is all about glamour and Paris showcases high-end chic.

Gardening

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The right tools for the job

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The leaves are starting to fall, the lawn needs rejuvenating, the beds could do with a tidy-up, and overcrowded plants can be lifted and divided.

Diarmuid's autumn advice

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After a glorious summer at home pottering around his garden in Ireland, green-fingered TV presenter Diarmuid Gavin is now preparing his beds for the cooler months.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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WIN £50

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This is the penultimate competition for your chance to get your hands on a cheque for £50 as part of Shropshire Star’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Every day this week we have been giving you the chance to win £50 as part of Shropshire Star’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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To celebrate Shropshire Star’s 50th anniversary, we are giving you the chance to win £50 every day until Friday.

Food

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DIY

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Make your money count

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You, naturally, make improvements to your home to ensure it's more suited to your lifestyle and taste, but unless it's your forever house, you may also be interested in what would make it more valuable when you come to sell.

Playing by the rules

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Last week, I explained the nightmare I've been having getting permission to alter my leasehold flat, despite owning half the freehold to the building, thanks to nasty neighbours. Owning a flat has other disadvantages because flats (and maisonettes), unlike most houses, don't have permitted development (PD) rights. PD means you can do certain work, such as extensions and loft conversions, without planning permission, as long as the work complies with the PD rules.

Extending nightmares

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If you're buying a property you want to alter or extend and this is dependent on getting permission, you could be in for a nasty surprise