Snail facials: you can’t get fresher that that. Photograph: Thinkstock

In the beauty world, pseudoscience reigns supreme and ridiculous treatments and cosmetics are the norm. Here are just a few of my favourites: &(...)

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22nd, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The red carpet has been laid out. The bleachers are erected. The Los Angeles police have already deployed a bomb-defusing robot on a suspicious (but u(...)

Scarlett Johansson seen backstage during rehersals for the 2015 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow were the star attractions at the Oscar rehearsals.Paltrow breezed into LA’s Dolby Theatre almost 20 minutes ear(...)

 Beyoncé and  husband Jay Z at a basketball game in  January: both did the 22 Days Nutrition challenge  in 2013. Photograph:  EPA/Paul Buck

In the beginning there was everyone’s favourite consciously uncoupled ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, with her annual detox and her steam-cleaned vagina. Now, br(...)

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

By now you’ll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had per(...)

Facebook offers up to $20,000 for egg freezing for female employees. The company also offers “a host of other fertility services for male and female employees”

“It’s an interesting ‘benefit in kind’,” says Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Apple and Facebook are well known fo(...)

Kristen Henderson, a fashion blogger, wears a Zara outfit. Clothes from Zara are an increasingly common sight on fashion industry tastemakers in their daily routine. photograph: yana paskova/the new york times

When they are not tending clients or updating inventory at the Albright Fashion Library, a supplier of fresh-from-the-runway-looks to stylists, social(...)

Why, Gwyneth, why? Chris Martin’s next Coldplay album may not be the break-up screed we’re hoping for
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Divorce makes for great music. There’s nothing better than anger, bitterness, regret, guilt and loathing to fire up the creative faculties. And if it’(...)

The chap from Coldplay and Gwyneth Paltrow: blazing trails and setting trends. Photograph: Reuters/Files

I’m strongly considering consciously uncoupling from the cat. It’s not like I don’t have good reasons: she’s arch, chilly, a lousy listener, an(...)

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s post about their “conscious uncoupling” after 11 years of marriage has crashed Paltrow’s Goop. com website as we(...)