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Clockwise from top left: Active Pure Detox mask, £29.50, Givenchy, houseoffraser.co.uk

Clean slate: Start the year as you mean to go on with the best detox face masks and serums

Clockwise from top left: Active Pure Detox mask, £29.50, Givenchy, houseoffraser.co.uk

Kanye West is apparently shelling out a mammoth $250,000 in order to ensure his fiancée Kim Kardashian looks camera-ready at all times.

This is how much it costs Kanye West for Kim Kardashian to look like Kim Kardashian

The eye-watering amount the rapper is shelling out for his fiancée to appear camera-ready at his concerts

The 10 Best new foundations

A change of season is the best time to pick out a new base - look for luminescent  formulas packed with nutrients or mattifying versions to combat shine

Film review: Bonjour Tristesse (PG)

Otto Preminger's 1958 adaptation of François Sagan's novel seems now both of its time and ahead of it. Jean Seberg, radiant with the gamine sexiness Preminger had used to advantage in his film of Saint Joan, is just the right mixture of spoilt and insecure as Cecile, a teenage girl whose machinations lead to doom.

Alexander Fury: Cool is a tricky, tricksy game. So why bother trying to play it?

Wear, what, why, when? ‘I don’t want to be cool, I want to be fashion!’

Finishing touch: Powders to provide the perfect shimmer

1. Pure finish radiant bronzing powder £26, Elizabeth Arden, houseoffraser.co.uk

Models presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Men's Collection by Givenchy fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

A screw loose: The secret of Rei Kawakubo’s signature look

Kawakubo leads the way with raw edges, rumpled fabrics and exposed seams

Dressing table: The best face mists for muggy weather

The muggy weather may mean that your face is quickly covered in a sheen of sweat, but a more refreshing blast of hydration can come courtesy of a luxurious face mist...

Regime change: The best men's grooming products

(From left to right) 1. Pure Badger Brush, £35, murdocklondon.com

The best Christmas gifts for the sharp-dressed man

Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty

Fashion Statement: Change is easier to make when there are past masters to follow

It's always difficult, stepping into someone else's shoes – especially when you have high arches. And it's even more difficult when those shoes have been worn for so long and with such panache by their previous owner.

Ready To Wear: Contrary to all rhyme and reason, couture is alive and kicking

Fashion is fuelled by mythology and stories so lovely that one could be forgiven for thinking they are imaginary – or at least heavily embellished, just like the clothes that go with them. The haute couture, however, is the last bastion of such romance and, contrary to all rhyme and reason maybe, it remains very much alive.

We Love: Made for walking - According to current theory, there is no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. So joyous news, then, that new brand Purified has emerged from the creative depths of east London to fill in any high-end footwear gaps. £325, purifiedfootwear.com

The Fashion Audit: Purified, Peter Piper, Givenchy and Topman's General Store

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Nars shadow in Night Flight, £16.50, asos.com

How To Be Beautiful: Feeling blue?

Blue eyeshadow has cut a friendless figure in the make-up world for some time; after outrageous popularity in the Abigail's Party years, it slipped into disdain for many. The logic of this contempt is fuzzy. Some women will tell you it is horrible because it looks "unnatural". Of course, the same could be said – though rarely is – of flicky black eyeliner or scarlet lips. The difference, then, lies in a belief that make-up should mimic and exaggerate, even to an absurd degree, some existing facial trait or tone.

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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