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10 best no make-up make-up products for a natural summer glow

Look effortlessly put together with the best no make-up make-up products from Fenty Beauty, Glossier and Nars that are lightweight but effective → Read More

Best sustainable swimwear brands: Bikinis and swimsuits that are ethical as well as fashionable

It is estimated that by 2050, there will be a greater volume of plastic than fish in the ocean – invest in ethical swimwear from brands that deliver on sustainable materials and style → Read More

Best artificial flowers: Silk, paper and fabric flora and foliage that is realistic and long-lasting

Fool all your visitors with a realistic bouquet of artificial flowers from Oka, Wyld Home, and Cox & Cox that will brighten up any room → Read More

15 best vegan and cruelty-free skincare products

Shopping for skincare is overwhelming enough as it is with so many products vying for our hard-earned cash, but when you want to ensure that the cleanser you are buying is not just cruelty-free but vegan too, you may end up leaving the store with a headache. The good news is that veganism is no longer a niche lifestyle choice. Brands are reacting to the rapidly rising number → Read More

World Book Day: The world's most beautiful libraries

The UK’s public library service is facing what children’s author Alan Gibbons has called the “greatest crisis in its history”, with nearly 350 libraries closing their doors in the past six years. Some 8,000 jobs have been axed over the same time period with 100 more library closures planned this year, Freedom of Information requests by the BBC confirmed. → Read More

10 best women’s puffer and quilted jackets for walking

Wearing a good puffer feels like wrapping yourself in your own personal duvet, but you can put any fears of looking like the Michelin Man to bed. The modern take on this classic winter coat is lightweight, cleverly contoured (look for narrow quilting at the waist) and easy to pack away while still keeping you toasty on even the coldest days. → Read More

12 best vegan shoes for women

It’s still January, which means that many of you might have been giving #Veganuary a go to see whether going vegan is an avenue you could pursue long-term. Be it in the name of the environment, fears about animal cruelty, health reasons or a mix of all three, more and more people are eliminating animal products from their diet and lifestyle. → Read More

10 best vegan chocolate bars

One of the main reasons people are put off going vegan is the idea of giving up dairy and, in particular, chocolate. The good news is that chocolate is made from the beans of the cocoa tree, and is entirely plant-based. The bad news is that often, milk is added in the manufacturing process to make it creamier. This doesn’t mean, however, that vegans can’t eat chocolate. It → Read More

8 best 3-seater sofas

Other than your bed, there’s arguably no piece of furniture more worth investing in than a gloriously comfortable couch. Most of us spend a lot of time lounging on our sofas, be it snuggling up for a Netflix binge, catching up with friends or taking a nap. They’re where we go to crash after a long day’s slog. → Read More

8 best 2-seater sofas

There’s no getting around the fact that buying a new sofa is a big investment. Shopping for your couch of choice can be overwhelming, too, with so many sizes, styles, fabrics and colours to weigh up. Before excitedly hitting the shops, there a number of key things to bear in mind. → Read More

Love Actually: The tearjerking lesbian love scene deleted from classic Christmas romcom

It’s nearly December, which always brings with it seemingly endless repeats of Love Actually on the box. But while many of us have seen Richard Curtis’ romcom enough times to know all the words, including those on Andrew Lincoln’s soppy placards, few know of the highly emotional storyline about an older lesbian couple that ended up on the cutting room floor. → Read More

12 best little black dresses

Get party season ready with a classic LBD from our roundup → Read More

12 best student kitchen essentials

From sandwich toasters to iridescent cutlery, we have you covered → Read More

12 best student bedroom essentials

Transform the barest of rooms at your university halls with our interiors guide → Read More

It wasn’t Ariana Grande’s job to save Mac Miller – let the blame focus on the real evil... addiction

Emotional ordeals may fuel mental health problems like depression, but breakups do not kill. Suggesting otherwise trivialises the noxious power of depression and addiction, both of which do → Read More

10 best reusable lunch boxes

Roughly 335 million tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide every year. Half of this is used once and only about ten per cent is recycled. China is the biggest plastic polluter but the UK is no environmental saint, producing over 170million tonnes of waste annually, much of which is food wrapping. → Read More

7 best swim bags

Securely store your wet gear in these top picks for swimmers → Read More

10 best women’s summer nightwear

No more tossing and turning in the heat with our top sleepwear picks for the summer months → Read More

10 best garden furniture for under £100

Whether you're hosting family BBQ's or want to make the most of the perfect sunspot – give your garden some super seating without breaking the bank this summer → Read More

6 best bamboo toothbrushes

Brushing our teeth has been a part of our daily routines for so long that we rarely give it much thought, but thanks to the rising awareness of plastic pollution, more of us are reconsidering our everyday choices. It’s estimated that 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year, with the average person using 300 in their lifetime. Unfortunately, roughly 80 per cent of these end… → Read More