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A peculiar beauty: strolling on a new trail around Kent’s Hoo peninsula

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At the water’s edge stands a second world war pillbox, a magnet for hundreds of roosting birds. A flock takes to the wing and, through my binoculars, I make out curlew and brent geese; in the distance a pink container...

Is that really me? The ugly truth about beauty filters

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Popping a beautifying filter on the TikTok video she was filming seemed harmless to Mia. It made it look as though she had done her makeup, took away the hint of a double chin that always bothered her, and gently alte...

How to give beauty products: avoid the landmines and they can be great last-minute gifts

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Picking beauty gifts can be a minefield. While they’re not all-out bad gifts like puppies, personal care products can end up looking like a pointed hint – deodorant and mouthwash are excellent passive-aggressive gifts...

Camels enhanced with Botox barred from Saudi beauty contest

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Saudi authorities have carried out their biggest crackdown on camel beauty contestants, disqualifying more than 40 “enhanced” camels from the annual pageant, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The camels d...

Beauty and the Beast review – a sumptuous reboot of the festive-season fairytale

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The world described by writer-director Theresa Heskins in this tremendous adaptation is one of emotional stasis. Like the last two years of the pandemic, the enchanted palace is locked in a holding pattern. All the Be...

Beauty hacks: can coffee grounds give you better skin?

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The hackUsing coffee grounds to make a face scrub that gives you baby-soft skin – and eco brownie points. The promiseIn theory, the grounds lift dead cells from the skin to brighten it, while the caffeine boosts the c...

Liz Truss hires Instagram guru to battle Sunak in Tory beauty contest

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When Liz Truss sought permission from No 10 to hire a “digital media special adviser” – AKA an Instagram guru – she became only the second cabinet minister to indulge the idea. The first, of course, was Rishi Sunak, w...

Beauty hacks: does homemade deodorant actually work?

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A homemade deodorant using ingredients you might have in the house – and which works. Statistics say we’re wearing less deodorant – thanks partly to lockdown and partly to more pared-back beauty routines. Is a DIY d...

Joyce DiDonato/Craig Terry review – thoughtful programme of panache and fierce beauty

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Joyce DiDonato’s Barbican recital with Craig Terry took its name, In My Solitude, from a Duke Ellington song that featured in its second half. Programmed with great care, the evening was partly a reflection on the par...

Beauty hacks: can a cold cucumber give you glowing skin?

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The hackUsing frozen cucumber to reduce dark circles, brighten skin and fight blemishes. The promisePlacing cucumber slices on your eyes is an old trick to reduce puffiness, but the newest craze involves rubbing large...

The Guardian view on the Nobel prize in literature: beauty out of universal loss

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If one of the roles of the Nobel prize for literature is to shine a light on someone who has been less visible than they warrant, then that role was fulfilled this year in the announcement of Abdulrazak Gurnah as winn...

Beauty hacks test: can you create bouncy curls with a bathrobe belt?

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The hackCreating overnight curls using everyday items, while minimising the damage from heated hair appliances. The promiseProducing “rag” ringlets with fabric strips has been done for centuries. But TikTok beauty fan...

With queues at the pubs and beauty salons, Sydney reopens after more than 100 days in lockdown

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There were long queues outside pubs, hairdressers and beauty salons as Australia’s most populous city reopened on Monday, as part of Sydney’s first steps towards living with Covid-19 after more than 100 days of lockdo...

‘I’ve learned to see beauty instead of a beast’: the house pests we’ve grown to love

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For a good while I have been indulgent of the spiders and wasps that live outside my home, but my biggest about-face has been with house centipedes, which can be horrifying to look at for many people, given their plet...

Beauty hacks: can saltwater cure spots?

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The hackWith its bacteria-killing properties, can plain old saltwater really get rid of spots? The promise Acne-prone TikTok users believe this works. I don’t have acne, but I do have regular spots, which I treat with...

Beauty hacks test: a cheap alternative to anti-chafing powder

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The hackA natural powder made from household items to reduce friction, absorb perspiration and prevent chafing on the body. The promiseAnytime our skin rubs against itself, especially if we’re sweaty, the friction can...

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