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Beauty

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Overnight success

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Everyone knows that getting eight hours of shut-eye a night will ensure you look your best, but did you also know you can harness the power of sleep to boost your natural beauty?

Let's smooth this out

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A smooth, wrinkle-free complexion is top of everyone's wish list when it comes to skincare, but with so many products out there promising miracle results, it can be hard to know where to start.

All bases covered

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A key component of autumn's 'no make-up' make-up trend is a flawless complexion, and right on time, a ton of the big beauty brands have unveiled their latest foundation formulations.

Holidays

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Fashion

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Once upon a time…

Razan dress, 149GBP; Valencia shoe, 59GBP, Monsoon (www.monsoon.co.uk.), PA Photo/Handout

Fashion is often fantastical, but it's gone all-out this winter, as folklore and fairy tales were the inspiration for some of the stand-out shows during the AW14 fashion weeks.

Seeing red

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In a sea of dark neutrals, red is fashion's standout hue of choice this season.

Following suit

Red Herring notch neck jacket, 40GBP, and black trousers, 22GBP, Debenhams (www.debenhams.com), PA Photo/Handout

Cast your mind back to a time, not that long ago, when the only reason you'd pull that tired old trouser suit (black, of course) from the depths of your wardrobe was for a job interview - or a funeral.

Gardening

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Ghoulish greenery

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You may be opening your front door to mischievous trick or treaters in ghoulish guises this Halloween, but peep into your back garden and you could also spot some stinking, spiky and poisonous subjects.

Be inspired by autumn walks

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So it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust.

Waste Not, Want Not

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In this age of recycling - plastics in one bin, glass in another, garden matter and food waste also being separated - there can be no better time to start your own compost heap.

Dining Out

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Showbiz News

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Competitions

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WIN Symphony Hall concert tickets

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The Glory of Christmas comes to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, with its seasonal and traditional music perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. And in today’s festive competition we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the performance on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm – and we have eight pairs up for grabs!

WIN £50

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

Food

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DIY

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Tap into a trend

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Bath and basin taps are essential to any bathroom, but their beauty doesn't stop at function; they can also be a design statement in their own right.

Brighten up

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North-facing rooms are always a challenge to decorate, because they get little or no direct sunlight, and any little natural light they do get is cold. For this reason, it's best to avoid cold colours like grey and stick to warm ones; go for yellows and creamy neutrals to make the room feel lighter and brighter. If you want a bit more colour, you can also embrace darker ones as long as they are warm, perhaps choose a moody, dramatic colour like purple.

Improve, don't move

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If you've outgrown your home and you can make it bigger by building an extension or converting the loft, cellar or garage, doing the work is often more economical than moving. It also gives you an opportunity to create space tailored exactly to your needs.