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BB creams can work wonders on lacklustre, uneven skin. We round up the best complexion-enhancing creams

Long-sleeved top, £55, by Asos, asos.com; wool mini-skirt, £30, by Monki, monki.com; wool coat, £120, by Vero moda, veromoda.com

Living large: It's all about oversizing this winter

Coats, knits – even jumpsuits… It's all about oversizing this winter

Dressed to kill: Hayley Atwell in the detective drama 'Falcón'

From elegant English rose to Spanish siren

Hayley Atwell's role as a femme fatale is all new to her

Hurricane Sandy model: ‘I wasn’t posing’

Remember the Hurricane Sandy model? The one whose "devastating" poses went viral? Well Vice has tracked her down, and she's 100 per cent defiant.

Beach House, Roundhouse, London

Dream pop duo Beach House are covered in smoke and coloured light, reduced to mere silhouettes on the stage. Victoria Legrand’s big, shaggy hair is the only discernable feature as she bobs and whispers. She is sometimes heard, sometimes obscured by Alex Scally’s rippling, dreamy guitar chords.

The experts: Dolce & Gabbana launches its new Animalier collection

Tiger stripes of fake tan, shins as dry as a lizard, or elephant skin elbows – traditionally, a bit of an animal isn't what women want in their make-up bag. Until now that is, as Dolce & Gabbana launches its new Animalier collection – just in time to stuff the chicest Christmas stockings.

The Haunted Book, By Jeremy Dyson

Sex and ghosts and rock'n'roll

The dark nights return: Inspiration for your beauty regime this autumn

Look to the catwalks for atmospheric and geometric inspiration in your beauty regime this autumn

Beauty: The best face masks

1. Blue/black berry enzyme mask

Double-breasted coat, £3,995, by Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com; platform shoes, price upon request, by JW Anderson, j-w-anderson.co.uk
After Victoria Beckham tweeted how much she likes an Anthropologie hand cream, the store has a bit of a celebration

Toiletries: How posh are Posh's paws?

A recommendation from Victoria Beckham has got to be like gold dust for any brand. So no doubt after her recent tweet – "Obsessed with this hand cream… Fragrance is amazing! X" – about a certain $20 lotion, the good folk at Anthropologie (the store where she bought it) and Royal Apothic (the brand of cream in question) had a bit of a celebration.

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The Hydrogen Sonata, By Iain M Banks

The 'Culture' novels celebrate species who know how to enjoy themselves. The fun continues...

Postcard From...Aargau

In Switzerland, cleanliness is more than next to godliness. It seems to trump absolutely everything else. And as lovely as it is to stroll along the country's über-clean streets and swim in clear, crisp water devoid of the floating plasters endemic in Britain's public pools, I sometimes wonder about their priorities.

BBC told to reduce Labour MP Diane Abbott's show fees

The BBC has been told to stop paying Labour MP Diane Abbott so much for appearing on political show This Week after she took home more than £6,000 in appearance fees.

Whitehall looks to the future with internship programme for young mandarins-in-waiting

Young Sir Humphrey Applebys they are not. Neither, frankly, do they bare much resemblance to aspiring Malcolm Tuckers. Nonetheless, the 60 teenagers, looking a little intimidated amid the garish turquoise and gold state rooms of the Foreign Office, are what the Civil Service believes are its future.

Top Secrets Pore Refining Skincare Brush, £38, yslbeauty.co.uk

How To Be Beautiful: Pore nutrition

Levels of satisfaction with your face depend on the qualities of the surface in which you've most recently seen it reflected.

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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