Eight months ago, I was sent a brush that I've used almost daily since. Perhaps not the most remarkable statement, but given that I own in excess of 500 makeup brushes and have only been quite this devoted to a handful, I felt compelled to share the love (albeit belatedly; I've been sitting on my hands until it became available to buy on its own).
Last week, Woman's Hour presenter and mother of grown-up sons Jenni Murray told the Cheltenham Literature Festival that, given the choice, she would scrap traditional sex education - or, rather, move its syllabus over to biology lessons - and focus instead on gender roles and the sexually explicit climate we live in, studying pornographic films and analysing them like Dickens or Austen.
In my loft there is a red plastic B&Q toolbox filled with makeup no longer fit for purpose, but that I'll never, ever throw away. There's a dried-out Body Shop eyeliner pen that my mother put in my Christmas stocking circa 1989, which I wore with cut-off Levi's and a lycra bodysuit to Cardiff's Square club.
At time of writing, the American Republican party is having conniptions over a leaked tape in which Donald Trump boasts that he kisses women without asking and simply "grabs them by the pussy" because well, he "can do anything" (that's sexual assault, if you're a stickler for accuracy).
Autumn invariably puts me in a good mood, not least because it's typically when the best beauty products launch. Now is when we see hi-tech foundations, new perfumes (proper ones, not watery limited editions for the sunshine holiday market), the widest eye and lip colour spectra and exciting new skincare.
I'm writing this at 6am on a freezing station concourse. People all around me are shivering as they attempt to eke out the last dregs of summer in cotton dresses and flip-flops. There's a vague air of gloom that I can't help but imagine is weather-related.
Sarah Morgan meets artist and beauty entrepreneur Kat Von D to talk tattoos, shoes, mohawks and make-up. Kat's make-up line launches in the UK on 13th September 2016 exclusively at debenhams.com, and in store at Debenhams Oxford Street from 5th
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".