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Aldi v designer beauty brands: can a £5.99 foundation compete with the £183 version?

The discount supermarket’s makeup and skincare range unashamedly apes Yves Saint Laurent, Elizabeth Arden and other labels. We put five copies of...

Twelve-year-old trunks: how to make your clothes last as long as Prince Charles’s swimwear

The prince has been photographed in bathers that are more than a decade old. Keeping our clothes is the best way to...

The art of listening has been lost in these polarised times

The BBC’s Listening Project turns seven this month. It offers a window into a gentler, more compassionate Britain

How we live together: the ‘life wives’

We’re on the same wavelength – it’s like she can read my mindZahra Jones, 40

Many women fleeing domestic abuse face poverty, report finds

Respondents in England say partners use economic abuse as method of controlVictims of domestic abuse face the choice...

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough, survey finds

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuserSurvivors of domestic abuse and...

Back-to-front dressing: the Duchess of Cambridge knows what she’s doing

When Kate opted to wear her lilac Gucci blouse backwards, she tapped into the fashion zeitgeistIf the...

My son has special needs. Should I tell him I’m not his biological father?

Secrets in families are rarely a good idea, says Annalisa BarbieriI have a son, aged 22: J. He...

Blind date: ‘He probably thinks I’m looking for an Irish passport’

Emily, 26, charity worker, and Barry, 24, maths teacherBarry on EmilyWhat were...

Interview Courteney Cox: ‘My mum wasn’t a go-getter. I’m thankful I could be the opposite’

The actor on kissing Johnny McDaid, her Banksy painting and being locked outside nakedBorn in Alabama, Courteney Cox,...

Be honest, be kind: five lessons from an amicable divorce

Consciously uncoupling is possible: choose your battles, build a support network and learn to play the long game

A feminist’s guide to raising boys

Before I became a mother, I thought my feminism was a battle fought and won. But having three sons has challenged everything...