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Devil May Cry HD Collection – Review

Some of the content here is past its sell-by-date, but what amounts to a definitive version of DMC3 more than makes up for that .

Coty shunned after calling on Avon with $10bn bid

Avon Products, the cosmetics company, has turned its nose up at a $10bn (£6.24bn) takeover offer from the perfume maker Coty.

Painted ladies: Revlon's campaigns have long depicted strong women and famous faces, including Emma Stone

How Revlon created the scarlet woman

In 1932, the company launched the very first red nail varnish. Since then, its products have become staples on dressing tables around the world. Rebecca Gonsalves charts its rise

Patrick Lichfield: Lord and master of the celebrity snap

Four decades of photo shoots with royalty and film stars, musicians and, well, everyday people left Patrick Lichfield with a wealth of stories as well as a pile of Polaroids. Visitors to Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire can now catch a glimpse of those shoots with the first exhibition of the behind-the-scenes shots that formed part of his personal collection. It records every major shoot the celebrated photographer worked on from the early 1970s to 2004.

Andrew Grice: After the 'rich man's Budget', this scandal will hurt Tories

Nick Clegg is well placed to act as an honest broker and to bang heads together

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF15, £21, johnlewis.com

How To Be Beautiful: Tinted moisturisers

Ask any supermodel or film star to list the contents of their off-duty make-up bag, and you can be certain that tinted moisturiser will get a mention, usually as part of an emphatically minimal kit. Understandable, of course, that anyone whose job demands wearing a tonne of slap should want to scale it back on days off. But the (slightly smug) subtext is that if you've lucked out with your genetic make-up, there's not a lot more that needs doing: cosmetic featherweights, such as tinted moisturiser, will suffice. Conversely, we mere mortals often reach for the full-on foundation bottle in the belief that only heavy-duty help will do.

Beauty: The best pretty nail polishes

1. Sea Breeze

David Walliams talks to Eddie Izzard

'So, Eddie Izzard, were your marathons an attempt to trump my swims?'

David Walliams talks to Eddie Izzard

Album: Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts, Urstan (Drag City)

Alasdair Roberts and Mairi Morrison are part of a golden generation of Scots performers bringing new light to bear on folk music.

Bangladeshi children often play in and around water without supervision. Many have never learned to swim

Bangladesh: Where swimming lessons are a matter of life and death

A Bangladeshi child drowns every half hour. So why are so few taught to swim? David Bergman in Dhaka looks at a project trying to change that

Pofessor Greg Whyte: Fat is not an Olympic legacy issue, fitness is

The global pandemic of obesity that blights developed nations has driven a national obsession which has demonised fat and created a "fatist" society. For over two decades we have been subjected to a media vilification of those who dare to carry a few extra pounds and an incessant diatribe of diet propaganda purporting to possess the panacea for health.

Warhols described himself as 'always a commercial artist'

Warhol you can wear – but will it be in vogue for more than 15 minutes?

Official cosmetics add to fragrance and clothing lines in Pop Art's fashion moment

GMB attacks public sector jobs 'carnage'

A leading union today attacked the jobs "carnage" in the public sector after official figures showed a 381,000 reduction in the number of workers since the general election.

UPS to buy TNT Express

The world's largest delivery company, United Parcel Service, boosted its presence in the UK today with a deal to buy European rival TNT Express.

Christensen says: 'We live in a world of over-manufacturing. If I didn't buy any more clothes for the rest of my life, I'd still have way more than enough'

Helena Christensen: 'My clothing style was awesomely awful when I was growing up'

Anything that feels or looks forced on a woman doesn't make her look beautiful I would never buy something thinking who it might please around me. I wear things for my own pleasure and for feeling comfortable; inner beauty is usually nothing to do with trying to make an effort.

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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The masterminds behind the election

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The ethics of pet food

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