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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

The battle for tips continues

A new code of conduct from the hospitality industry will still allow restaurant owners to keep tips intended for staff. The British Hospitality Association published the code on how restaurants and cafes should treat money left as a service charge, gratuity or cash tip.

Housing market shows more signs of recovery

The latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) was released this week. The report has proven to be a superb indicator of trends in the housing market that do not show up elsewhere for some time.

Senior's service leaves depleted Hull high and dry

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Travelport's 5% wage cuts are disgraceful, says union

The country's biggest travel union has branded pay cuts at the UK-based Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) "a disgrace".

Hush (15)

Grisly British motorway shocker, with plenty of invention and energy to make up for what it lacks in budget, but a script dispiritingly indifferent to plausibility.

Win a masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School

Jemma Kidd Make Up is giving two Independent readers the opportunity to win a make-up masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School, together with a goodie bag of product worth £300. Workshops are kept small, with a maximum of four people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to practise those newly learnt techniques.

Daley and Waterfield through to semis

Teenage diving sensation Tom Daley and British team-mate Peter Waterfield both qualified for the semi-finals of the individual 10 metres platform competition at the Water Cube.

Cost of living: Oak beams

If you dream of rustic living, exposed beams are an appealing feature. Traditional styles imbue a home with warmth and character, while the modern variety can be sleek, minimal and suit any contemporary environment.

American whites 'will be minority by 2042'

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new US government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

Dr Feelgood: Facial oil - greasy but good?

Your weekly health and beauty check-up

Former Body Shop worker fined £85,000 for market abuse

City regulators fined a former Body Shop employee £85,000 yesterday for insider dealing in the cosmetic retailer's shares before a profit warning it made in January 2006.

Credit card costs soar in spite of cap on fees

The war over unfair charges may have backfired on card-holders, according to the latest research on credit card costs, with credit card providers hitting back at charge capping with a 15 per cent hike in other charges.

Secret Agent: 'People would rather pull their own teeth than put their house on the market now'

It's a strange sensation for me, but I'm feeling a little sorry for our manager. After last week's knuckle-rap over the office's sales figures, he's gone a bit bonkers – and for good reason. Even he is capable of working out that sales figures can only be improved if there's something there to sell, yet when people are about as keen to put their house on the market as they are to remove their own wisdom teeth, it's not easy. As Justin astutely points out, "We can't sell thin air" – although I'm sure he'd give it his best shot.

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