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From gentle nudes and ballerina pinks, to bold pistachio, turquoise and corals. Try one of our pick of the best spring nail shades
Pack away your darker, wintry lip colours and invest in a season-appropriate shade
The sun has come out, so think ahead and snap up a pretty piece you can layer up this spring but that will see you through summer
Stay stylish throughout your pregnancy. IndyBest's mum-to-be finds pretty and practical pieces for your wardrobe
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Bad weather, thick pollution, too much alcohol – these are the great enemies of your skin. So give it a break this spring with one of these face-smoothing moisturisers.


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Want a sleeker silhouette? We can't promise miracles, but there are products out there that can help. We slip into body-sculpting underwear for the festive season 
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