Paralysed in a fall, Sam Bloom struggled to come to terms with her disability and sank into depression. But then, as her husband Cameron recalls, the arrival of an injured Australian magpie chick transformed life for the whole family...
Bobbi Browns ground-breaking approach has changed the way we wear make-up. Natural beauty doesnt mean no make-up its about picking shades that are perfect for your skin tone, she says. This autumn, her brand celebrates its 25th anniversary with beauty goodies such as the Nude Library 40 eyeshadows in a selection of finishes, from matt to shimmer, £145, selfridges.com.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation spf 30 is light, silky and provides a dose of moisture in eight shades. A good revival for summer-worn skin without smothering it in pigment. £45, debenhams.com
I cant get enough of Diors brilliant new make-up launches, which range from the very pretty to the extremely useful. backstage pros fix It Colour correctors in blue, green, yellow and apricot zap away redness and sallow skin. £23.50 each, dior.com
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup gives a naturally perfect glow while providing proper coverage. And its sponge wand is the handiest way to give skin an instant overhaul. £28, esteelauder.co.uk
YSL is deservedly proud of its Le Cushion Encre de Peau. This damp-sponge foundation compact dispenses a slightly matt yet natural-looking base, which is long lasting and available in six shades. £35, yslbeauty.co.uk
Guerlains new Multi-Perfecting Concealer in medium warm is a mini tube of magic, which provides good, thick coverage. £25, debenhams.com
Use Bobbi Brown's brilliant Retouching Face Pencil in extra light as a highlighter or to soften the intensity of sun and age spots. £22, johnlewis.com
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The WellChild Awards on 3 October will celebrate the extraordinary courage of children - and their caring siblings - who live with health challenges. Catherine O'Brien meets four of this year's winners whose stories moved the judges and the charity's patron Prince Harry.
Be the queen bee with Guerlains restorative Abeille Royale Rich Day Cream, which has a honey, mimosa and fresh herb scent and boasts beeswax to firm, smooth and moisturise. £89, johnlewis.com
Warm into the new season with a lighter than usual oud. Inspired by the desert adventurer Gertrude Bell, Atkinsons Her Majesty The Oud blends Turkish rose with red berries, leather and osmanthus. £150, selfridges.com
Super high-end Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is luxurious and transformative. Blend this cream foundation on to skin using the brush provided and watch your face glow. £98, 020 7493 3836, from 16 September
Brush on Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder to give tanned skin a radiance boost. £39, dior.com
The brilliant Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme range has added another feather to its cap: Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm. One helping is enough to jump-start tired skin into looking fresh
and healthy. £46, esteelauder.co.uk
Light up lids with the lion-embossed, warm shimmering neutrals of Chantecaille Protect The Lions Eye Palette, inspired by the landscape of Africa. Funds raised go to the Lion Guardians, which helps wildlife conservation across Kenya. £75, spacenk.com
Give eyelids a wash of discreet chic gold with Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel. £21, selfridges.com