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Beauty

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Turbo-speed your touch-ups

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Time is a precious commodity in the mornings. When you're running out of the door, sipping black coffee, experimenting with make-up can fall way down the list of priorities.

Super slick oils

a woman using oil for beauty treatments

There's a new recruit on the beauty shelves that's rapidly ousting other products. You'll find it in the hair section, on face counters, and glowing among the body moisturisers...

Cracking beauty finds

a woman with egg nest in her head, illustrating the concept  Easter beauty

Sugar and spice and all things nice. This is pretty much the recipe for Easter, with a non-stop feast of chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and candy.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Watch the (pink) birdy

Tu at Sainsbury's flamingo motif jumper, £20 (available in stores)

Fashion is taking flight this season, with bird prints aplenty. But there's one species that's winging its way to the top of every wish list - flamingos.

Fashion's candy crush saga

Blanca dress, £135; Coast www.coast-stores.com

Avoiding the super-sweet temptations of Easter is always tricky, but this season there are more than just chocolate eggs to contend with.

Gardening

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Emilia's Elegant Escape

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At the end of a hard day's filming, Silent Witness star Emilia Fox likes nothing better than to venture into her oasis of calm, with its walls of lavender, pretty clematis and fragrant roses.

Jim joins the judging panel

from The Big Allotment Challenge

Just as Simon Cowell knows his music, AND Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood knows his cakes, so award-winning gardening legend Jim Buttress knows his onions.

Gardening is child's play

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If the weather is fine this Easter, (and it's beginning to look like it might be), many parents will be wanting to sort out their gardens - and hopefully encouraging their children to give them a hand along the way.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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Food

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DIY

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Ready, steady, garden

men doing DIY work in the garden

After a wet and windy winter, the lovely spring most of us are enjoying is a very welcome sight - one that'd be even more welcome, if you could enjoy it by sitting outside in a bright, light and newly transformed outdoor space.

Help is at hand

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Going online to find reliable builders, plumbers and other tradespeople may sound unlikely, but there are plenty of websites and schemes designed to help.

Rogue traders

a plumber working in a bathroom

There can't be many who haven't had a bad experience with tradesmen - and, yes, let's face it, it's usually men because tradeswomen are pretty thin on the ground.