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The festive season's a busy and tiring time which can take its toll on your skin. Cover up dark circles and blemishes with these clever concealers

Album: Krystle Warren and the Facultya, Time To Keep: Love Songs EP (Parlour Door Music)

There are elements of Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading in folk-jazz singer Krystle Warren's voice, and even Dusty at her dustiest, on the five tracks which here serve as a taster for two albums' worth of material intended for release over the next year.

Micah Richards dismisses wages speculation

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has dismissed speculation he is holding out for £100,000 a week before signing a new contract.

Leading article: Councils need more power

Today will will be dominated by the AV referendum. But it will also see elections for 279 English councils. In the world of local government there are not many bigger days than this. Yet the turnout is unlikely to be high. If today follows the pattern of previous local polls, participation rates will be less than two-thirds the level of general elections. So why the gulf in democratic participation? The answer is simple: local councils lack power. For some 30 years national governments, of all political complexions, have been steadily stripping councils of power. The result is that the public has relatively little incentive to vote in local elections. When so many decisions are taken at the centre, the political makeup of the local council looks relatively unimportant.

Album: Guillemots, Walk the River (Polydor)

Strange days for Guillemots, with frontman Fyfe Dangerfield now a top-10 pop star in his own right (albeit via a Billy Joel cover and John Lewis ad), but the band's third album ought to see their collective profile edge ahead.

Pic of the Day: Dust reigns at the hell of the north

A huge cloud of dust rises as the Paris-Roubaix peloton crosses one of the many cobbled lanes that make up the legendary race's route. 'The Hell of the North', as it is known, was won yesterday by the Belgian Johan Vansummeren, who upset the favourite and defending champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland to steal victory.

Woman dies after buttock enhancement

A young British woman has died after undergoing a suspected back-street cosmetic treatment in Philadelphia.

Woman dies after cosmetic treatment

A British woman died after travelling to America for a cosmetic buttock treatment.

The ten best lip balms

Whether you’re in need of instant rehydration for serious chapping or just a gentle treat for the senses, these creams cover all your needs...

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Male models fined for make-up

A court convicted seven men of indecency yesterday for wearing make-up during a fashion show in Khartoum.

The Invisible Man, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Mystery man can’t hide all the flaws

Carola Long: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette

French-born make-up guru Laura Mercier is renowned for products that create a natural, but polished finish and her new Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Palette For Face and Cheeks really does deliver a fresh, lightly sunkissed look.

Halal cosmetics scent the sweet smell of success

Beauty products produced without alcohol or pork are beginning to appeal to women who want Islamic ethics with their eyeliner
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments