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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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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick