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Soothe tired eyes, reduce fine lines and do away with dark circles with one of these hard-working creams

Here comes the sun: The best self-tanning products

1. Colour Splash Multi-Tone Bronzer in Hilarious Honey £13.90, kikocosmetics.co.uk

Tonight, reality drama Made in Chelsea returns to our screens for a fifth series in all its champagne-swigging glory. As much as we have enjoyed watching Jamie Laing's attempts to woo west London, it's the awkward silences that have made us switch off. Monday, E4, 10pm

The Fashion Audit: MIC mania/ French fancies/ Jaeger's new crib

We're not sure about… MIC mania

How To Be Beautiful: Tried and trusted products

Beauty, like fashion, feeds on novelty only to a certain extent. Cosmetics' shades and textures change seasonally with the clothes they accompany on the catwalks, but in the same way that there are some things in your wardrobe that thankfully stay pretty much the same year-in, year-out (the classic white tee, a trench coat, your pants… that kind of thing), there are a few essentials in your make-up bag that rarely alter.

DVD review: Rust and Bone

There's a lot to love about Jacques Audiard's unlikely romance between a bare-knuckle boxer (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer-whale trainer (Marion Cotillard) – not least its gritty depiction of the Cote d'Azur demi-monde, and the raw intensity of Cotillard's performance.

From £10, stila.co.uk

This set of minis is guaranteed a fair trial

There's a lot being said at the moment about the shocking amount of food that gets wasted each day as perfectly good produce gets binned.

Face the future: If partying has taken its toll, give your skin a fresh star

(From top) 1. New Beginning scrub £26, Ole Henriksen, feelunique.com

Nancy, By Adrian Fort. Jonathan Cape £25

Viscountess Astor (1879-1964) resembled Stephen Leacock's Sir Ronald, who "leapt on his horse and rode madly off in all directions". The first woman elected to Parliament who took up her seat (in 1919), she was a doer of good when it came to the protection of poor children and, at the moderate end of her war against drink, promoted essential legislation limiting hours of sale. Yet she would see Nazi re-occupation of the Rhineland in the spirit of her friend, Lord Lothian, as "the Germans re-entering their own garden".

The fashion experts: Smellies in crackers

The world of beauty may already have Christmas gifting wrapped up in the form of sets of smellies, but a host of brands has also branched out into crackers to ensure lunch goes off with a bang. Instead of flinging the usual cheap plastic keyrings into the nooks and crannies of your dining room, there are skincare and beauty miniatures to please the most discerning of guests.

Sets of six; all available from selfridges.com

Gifts to help lunch go off with a bang

The world of beauty may already have Christmas gifting wrapped up in the form of sets of smellies, but a host of brands has also branched out into crackers to ensure lunch goes off with a bang.

Tim Walker's personal retouch, created using pixlr.com

Photography: Smooth operator

People always edit their lives on Facebook, picking photos, links and "likes" to make themselves seem as awesome as possible.

The 10 Best winter moisturisers

The mixture of cold, winter weather and  piping-hot rooms can play havoc with your skin – these creams will lend a helping hand

Reborn: The Thalasso Spa at Anassa Beach Resort in Cyprus offers non-surgical alternatives to facelifts

Something to Declare: A hotel that makes you look as good as you feel? Yes please

As a youngster, talk of "health farms" and time spent swanning about in big fluffy robes and plopping into hot tubs with mountain views sounded like the pinnacle of glamour.

'Les Ameriques' by Kermit Oliver. Each scarf takes almost a year to complete

The Hermés scarf artist who prefers to work as a mail sorter

It's a long way from the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, just off the Champs Elysée in Paris, to Clifton Street in Waco, Texas, where an elderly postal worker called Kermit Oliver lives with his wife in a modest, prairie-style home.

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Youth-preserving tips from a dermatologist inspired this latest hour from Tiffany Stevenson, known to television audiences from a stint on ITV’s ‘Show Me The Funny’ comedy competition.

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee