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The best new concealers for all skin tones | Makeup



I haven’t written about concealer in a while, but a new discovery has, very happily, forced my hand. I’d been meaning to try Stay Woke Concealer (£21, 5ml) by Uoma (an independent, black-owned makeup brand) for ages, but a previous experience with another of their products had left me cautious in selecting a colour. I found that everything in Uoma runs a shade darker than most brands, which is no hardship when factored in and shouldn’t be an obstacle in trying what is a superlative concealer. An opportune browse in Selfridges gave me a better look, so I went for Fair Lady T1 and I’m so thrilled with my purchase that I’ve just ordered a spare.

Stay Woke is creamier than most, and blends perfectly, brightening greyness noticeably, before staying exactly where you want it (no chasing around the face, waiting for it to sit still). The finish is what I’d call flexible: it moves comfortably with an expressive face and doesn’t crack or cake, even on dry skin. It’s my dream concealer.

Shape Tape is Tarte Cosmetics’ bestseller, and deservedly so. Also in a wand package, the concealer itself has a thinner consistency than the Uoma, but as much coverage. Less creamy, it has a somewhat longer-wearing formula (it’s also waterproof) that oilier skin types may prefer, but, as a dry type, I’ve certainly been happy.

I wish Tarte would launch in the UK, other than on QVC, where product lineup is limited. But the latter does stock all shades of Shape Tape Contour Concealer (£20, 10ml, vegan), so fill your boots. Tarte’s own website is comprehensive and well worth a look, if only for the more accurate shade descriptions (I bought three concealers to test and each was, in the flesh, as described). However, there’s a pricey £8 shipping and customs fee to the UK unless you spend £40 or more (bump up with Breezy Cream Bronzer, £29 – happy to help).

My best high street concealer discovery is e.l.f.’s Hydrating Camo Concealer (£5, vegan). It’s not the highest coverage in town (around medium), but it does have a lovely wet, fresh-feeling formula that doesn’t cause that horrible flat chalkiness you get with others as the day wears on. The shade range is good (23), with differing undertones, and I like the fatness of the wand, for speed – plonk on to under-eye circles and blemishes, and blend outwards with a domed, fluffy brush.

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Kajal Aggarwal stuns in first picture as a bride




Telugu cinema’s much-loved actress Kajal Aggarwal tied the knot with beau, Gautam Kitchlu in an intimate wedding held at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai today. The actress kept her look in wraps until the wedding but shared a glimpse of her bridal look in the form of a black and white image. We found the picture too pretty and thought of sharing the same with our readers, thanks to its sheer beauty.

The image has Kajal sitting calmly before donning her exquisite brocade lehenga that forms the background of the image.

Kajal can be seen looking like a million bucks in white bath robe, the one that is worn by most of the brides right before they get ready for the biggest day of their lives.

The actress is seen sporting the traditional chooda, along with a South Indian headgear and gajra adorning the puffy high bun.

Also, not to miss is the very dark mehendi on her beautiful hands. Well, if the first glimpse of the beautiful bride is so gorgeous we can’t wait to see the entire look of Kajal.

Another picture that is now doing the rounds on the internet has Kajal standing next to hubby, gleaming in a red and gold lehenga.

We loved Kajal’s bridal look for its beauty and simplicity, tell us how did you like it in the comment section below.

Photo: Twitter

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The three-tier system, rule of six, and Test and Trace: what do the latest restrictions in England mean for you? | All together




Group of friends ride mountain bike in the forest together

Groups of six people or fewer can still meet outdoors in most parts of England.
Photograph: Rawpixel/Getty Images/iStockphoto

New government rules have created a three-tier system consisting of medium, high and very high, depending on local alert levels. The rule of six still applies in medium-risk areas, and last month the NHS Covid-19 app was launched to alert people to changes in their area, and when they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

But what does this all mean for you? Here, the government answers some frequently asked questions.

The three-tier system

Am I safe to go on a UK holiday and stay in a house with a friend who I am not in a bubble with? We would not be sharing a bedroom
Yes, provided you both live in a medium-risk area and are travelling to a medium-risk area, you can stay overnight away from the place where you are living with people who are not from your household, as long as you are in a group of no more than six people or in a single household or bubble. This includes staying overnight in a second home, hotel, bed and breakfast or campsite. Ensure you are socially distanced from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble and avoid using shared facilities wherever possible.

You cannot stay with someone outside your household or support bubble if either you or the other person(s) live in a high-risk or very-high-risk area, or you are travelling to a high-risk or very-high-risk area.

I live in a high-risk area. Can I travel to a medium-risk area to meet friends who live there for dinner in an indoor setting?
No. You essentially take the level you live in with you, and all the rules of the level where you live apply even if you go into a lower level. So in this scenario you could only meet that group of friends and eat with them outdoors. It is only if you all live in a medium-risk area that you can eat in a group of six indoors either at a restaurant or a private home.

If you live in a very-high-risk area, then you would be advised not to travel in and out of that area, aside from work, education, caring purposes, or youth services.

I am a pensioner and feeling very lonely. A social group I was previously part of has started meeting for dinners in small groups in restaurants. Would I be allowed to join them?
If you live in a medium-risk area you are allowed to join small groups in restaurants, either indoors or outdoors, as long as the number doesn’t exceed six. If you live in a high-risk or very-high-risk area you can meet in groups of up to six people outdoors, in some settings, and only one household indoors. Single households or support bubbles of more than six are still able to meet.

Senior friends having lunch in a restaurant, talking and laughing

New restrictions apply for indoor settings. Photograph: FG Trade/Getty Images

Can my mum come to stay to look after my son? She lives alone, but is in a bubble with my sister
Your mum would be able to look after your son as long as the total number of people in your house does not exceed six and you are in a medium-risk area. In a high-risk or very-high-risk area your mum would only be able to look after your son indoors if she was part of your support bubble or a childcare bubble. For your mum to be able to look after your son as part of a childcare bubble he would need to be under 13, and your household and your mum’s household could not be part of a childcare bubble with any other households.

Your mum should ensure she maintains social distance from you, and tries to maintain distance from your son. However, we recognise it may not always be possible or practicable to maintain social distancing when providing care to a young child. Your mum should still limit close contact as much as possible when providing care, and take other precautions such as hand washing and opening windows for ventilation.

How should I plan Christmas with my family this year?
Christmas is still some time away – more than two months – and the government will keep all aspects of its response to coronavirus under review according to the changing number and composition of cases in the country. It is now against the law to meet people you do not live with in groups of more than six for those in medium-risk areas. Those in high-risk and very-high-risk areas can meet up in groups of up to six people outdoors and one household or support bubble indoors. Single households or support bubbles of more than six are still able to gather together in all areas.

The rule of six

My son is in university campus accommodation with seven others who share a living room, kitchen and bathrooms but have their own bedrooms
Your son and his friends likely constitute a household, so they can continue to gather together, but would not be able to socialise with another person as a household.

I assume that since I am back at work with 15 people, I can have those people back to my house, to socialise in the garden, as long as we keep the same distance we would in the office. Is that right?
No, meeting with work colleagues outside of work is not Covid-secure and there is an increased transmission risk.

Can I book two tables of six in a restaurant so we can talk to each other but not gather at each other’s tables?
No. Talking across two tables of six would involve forming a larger gathering or mingling, which would be against the law.

Am I allowed to have five friends back to my flat for a drink after the pubs close at 10pm?
Those within medium-risk areas may continue to meet up to five other people so long as you ensure social distancing and other mitigations such as increased ventilation and good hygiene practices such as regular hand washing. People in high-risk and very-high-risk areas cannot meet people from outside their own household inside but could sit in the garden.

Mother helping son to blow his nose at home

It may not always be possible to maintain social distancing when caring for a young child, but try to take other precautions such as regularly washing your hands. Photograph: filadendron/Getty Images

Test and trace

I was at a pub last week and have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service to say someone has tested positive for Covid-19. I have been in my office since the pub visit and am nervous of telling my employer – will the whole office have to go into quarantine if I tell them?
You must self-isolate straight away if notified by NHS Test and Trace. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of contact. You should notify your employer that you have been asked to self-isolate.

People you work with do not need to self-isolate unless they have also been notified by the NHS Test and Trace service and asked to do so.

My children are starting to come home from school with sniffles and sore throats, but not fevers or coughs. Do I need to get them tested every time they complain of feeling “coldy”?
You should get your child tested if they develop one of the three main symptoms of coronavirus: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.


I have had a negative test a week after returning from France. Do I still need to quarantine?
You must self-isolate for 14 days even if you test negative for coronavirus, as it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear and in this time you can unknowingly pass it on to others.

In England, if you do not complete the required self-isolation period you can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £1,000.

My flatmate has returned to the UK from Spain. If she stays two metres away from us, has tested negative and has no coronavirus symptoms, do we all need to quarantine?
Only household members of someone with symptoms or who tests positive for coronavirus need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If someone you live with has returned to the UK from a country not covered by the travel corridor exemption and is self isolating, you do not need to self-isolate as well, unless that person develops symptoms.

Help stop the spread of the virus and follow the official testing guidance:

There is further guidance on the coronavirus outbreak FAQs; what you can and can’t do:

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Thomasina Miers’ Halloween recipe for miso roast pumpkin salad | Food




I like to keep this sesame and ginger dressing in the fridge for speedy lunches. It’s delicious, full of good, healthy ingredients and easily thrown together. I recently made it with my eldest daughter, which has seen its approval rating increase dramatically at home, especially when we tossed it with pumpkin to make this spooky salad for Halloween. Have fun with the shapes and send me the pics.

Hallow’d miso roast pumpkin salad with sesame noodles

Great for weekday lunches at home, or in a box, because all the ingredients can be prepped in advance. Serve warm or cold, depending on the weather.

Prep 15 min
Cook 35 min
Serves 4

750g pumpkin or butternut squash
3 tbsp white miso
5 tbsp olive oil

For the dressing
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp honey
1 garlic clove
, peeled and grated
½ thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

For the salad
125g dried noodles
(udon, buckwheat, soba, etc)
500g red cabbage, finely shredded
1 large handful coriander leaves
2 spring onions
, trimmed and finely sliced
Chilli oil, to serve

Heat the oven to 220C (200C fan)/425F/gas mark 7. Wash the pumpkin (no need to peel), then cut in half, scoop out the seeds, and cut into wedges. Cut each wedge into skinny triangles, like sharp teeth. If cutting a butternut squash, the long neck can be cut into similarly long, teeth-shaped wedges.

Whisk the miso in a large bowl with two tablespoons of the oil, add the squash and toss everything together to coat well. Tip out on to a lined baking tray, roast for 30-35 minutes, until tender and golden at the edges, then leave to cool.

Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the packet instructions – until al dente – then rinse under cold water. Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients in the bottom of a salad bowl. Add a few splashes of water to soften the taste, if need be.

Throw the squash, noodles, cabbage, coriander and spring onions into the bowl and toss well. Arrange some of the mix on plates in a suitably spooky style and serve the rest in the salad bowl with some red chilli oil alongside.

And for the rest of the week …

The dressing is delicious on grilled chicken or fish, roast sprouts, grilled purple sprouting broccoli or as a marinade. Make it and experiment.

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