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Harsh winter light can throw dehydrated skin and under-eye bags in to sharp relief – a subtly shimmering highlighter is the best way to mask a multitude of sins...

Gerald Abrahams dons his placard

Lonely landscaper tries alternative approach to dating

In a bid to start his year off successfully, 39-year old landscaper Gerald Abrahams walked the streets of London with a sandwich board displaying the texts: “Hot brunette wanted for 2014!”, “Dates or romance”, “Must like dogs and landscapers” accompanied by his email address.

Alexander Fury: Every haircut is like Sweeney Todd, to me

Why did haircuts have to become a fashion accessory?

Death of girl crushed by wall ‘accidental’

A four-year-old from Somerset was killed when a shed her father was dismantling collapsed and fell on her, an inquest has heard.

Five-minute memoir: Alison McQueen recalls shear humiliation on a trip to the hairdresser

'I opened my hand to show her the screwed-up pound note my mother had given me'

George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Florida

George Zimmerman murder trial: Prosecutors to unveil female friend of Trayvon Martin, who was on phone to teenager moments before he was killed

Girl received running account of events starting, she says, when Mr Martin noticed Zimmerman watching him in the gated central Florida community

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, in court

Self-defence or racism? Shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin that gripped the US comes to trial

Former neighbourhood watchman accused of killing black teenager ‘because he wanted to’

In pictures: From the cornrows to the mohawk - David Beckham's many different hairstyles

The former England captain today announced he was retiring from football

The Blagger's Guide to... the Desmond Elliott prize

All you need to know about the hottest literary topic of the week

Seeing is believing: The best eye creams and serums

The old adage that prevention is better than cure is particularly fitting when it comes to the delicate eye area. A little bit of pre-emptive TLC before any signs of ageing set in is far friendlier to the face (and wallet) than resorting to the services of a surgeon to smooth out crow's feet and erase fine lines once the damage is done.

From 'on trend' to 'over' in the blink of an eye

It might be the first sign of a midlife crisis. Or just boredom. But when I went to the opticians for a routine eye test last month, I decided I needed a pair of glasses that would give me a Dramatic New Look.

The experts: The best foundation for summer

Casting off the heavier coverage of winter make-up may feel a bit daunting before summer proper actually arrives, but as the sun begins to put in a more regular appearance, now is the time to wean oneself off the full-strength stuff.

The main thing on Mother’s Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

The Emperor's New Clothes (10/03/13)

The main thing on Mother's Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

Difficulty making an appointment keeps us from the doctor's, but who can face an NHS receptionist?

It's hard enough to quibble with a hairdresser...

Podcast: Waiting…Now

Fuel, Roundhouse and King’s Cultural Institute present this podcast by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer featuring Chris Allan on Cello

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