Finding a good running top is not as simple as you’d think. Sure, when you started out popping off for 15 minute jogs after work it might’ve been fine to throw on your dad’s faded Nirvana T-shirt. Or just chuck on a vest top. 

But these items will not cut it for more serious running. As the weather starts to take a turn and colder winds rush in, it’s crucial to find the perfect running top that keeps you warm but doesn’t leave you sweating after a few minutes of hill sprints.

The fabric must be light, breathable and ideally, tight-fitting so as not to leave any space for cold air. Depending on the weather, you may also want to seek out something with a built-in hood.

Again, this must be lightweight so it doesn’t weigh you down. Sometimes, if the sun is shining and you’re venturing outdoors, a crop top might be more appropriate. 

We tested the running tops in various conditions, from warm afternoon jogs to sweaty treadmill sprints. It was also crucial to see how these tops fared in poor weather, from rainy mornings to windy nights. Some are more suited to others, but of course personal preference also has a role to play. 

From the long-sleeved saviours to the perfect tank tees, read on for our pick of the best running tops.

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There’s really only one rule when it comes to make-up, and that’s that you have to take it off before you go to bed.

Yes, even when you’re shattered and/or inebriated and you really can’t be bothered. We’ve been testing removers that make quick work of even waterproof eye make-up, so the job can be done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

There are a few different formulas here, from creams to pens, but most are the classic thin liquid that you sweep over skin on a cotton pad (more on those later).

While testing we looked for products that removed make-up, particularly mascara and long-wear liquid eyeliner, without requiring lots of pressure and rubbing on the sensitive eye area; we also discounted any that caused stinging and irritation.

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Choosing a set of kitchen knives can be a minefield; there are so many on the market with eye-widening varieties in price, quality and style that it is hard to know where to start.

Firstly, decide on your budget: if you’re a frequent and keen cook and are able to look after your knives without housemates or similar putting a spanner in the works then it probably makes sense to spend as much as you’re able to on some good quality equipment.

If you’re after something more temporary – and affordable – as a student perhaps, then there are still great options out there if you pay attention to the materials and think about what you’ll be using them for.

Most cooks agree that a selection of five or six knives will enable most of your culinary adventures, namely a chef’s knife for chopping vegetables and meat, a carving knife for slicing meat thinly, a paring knife for trimming small veg, a serrated knife for bread and squishy things that have a tougher exterior and a utility knife as a great all-rounder. Cooking fans may like to add in a Japanese santoku knife for precision slicing, dicing and mincing.


Autumn can mean many things: relief from summer’s heat and the constant application of sun cream to resistance kids, the chance to kick through piles of auburn leaves and the start of a new school year. But it’s also kind of tricky to dress for.

You need outerwear, certainly, but anything too thick and bulky will leave little ones feeling cumbersome and too hot by far.

A good jacket is what everyone needs for this transitional time when we are waving goodbye to summer but still waiting for winter’s chill.

In this roundup we have selected pieces which are light, easy to move in and offer less intense insulation than a winter coat should.


Apple’s latest iPhone comes in six colours. The black, white, yellow and red are found on the similarly sized iPhone XR which launched last year, but the final two are brand new: green and purple.

There’s also a more deluxe model, the iPhone 11 Pro, which has three cameras instead of the iPhone 11’s twin cameras. The Pro comes in two sizes: iPhone 11 Pro with a 5.8in display and the iPhone 11 Pro Max with a 6.5in display.

Apart from screen size, battery size and price the two Pro models are identical. They come in more colours than before, too: space grey, silver, gold and a very fetching midnight green, all with an appealing matte finish on the back.

The iPhones can be charged wirelessly using a compatible wireless charging pad – all the cases here allow wireless charging to happen without removing the case.

I studied happiness for a living – then realised I had to quit my day job and leave the country to be true to my research

I’d had enough. It was October 2017, and I’d been wondering what the point of my job was for far too long, and while I’m sure there was something meaningful somewhere and to someone in what I was doing day-to-day, it had certainly lost meaning for me. For all the good that writing another academic research paper would do, I thought I might as well be cycling to Bhutan.

The idea of cycling to this small country nestled in the Himalayan foothills is one I’d had for many years. Bhutan is famous for deciding to value its population’s happiness and wellbeing over economic growth. As an academic researcher focused on understanding happiness and well-being, the journey looked to me to be something of a pilgrimage.

Before I quit, I’d spent more than ten years at different universities, trying to understand what the most important contributors were to well-being. But what I found was that I was burnt out. Given the nature of my research, the irony of this was not lost on me. I needed to do something different. I wanted to travel; to explore and understand happiness through a non-academic lens. But I wanted to connect the research I’d been doing over the years with what was happening, or indeed not happening, in the world.

Eat healthily and exercise to beat diabetes and erectile dysfunction

Adopting a healthier lifestyle to avoid becoming diabetic may help men beat erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests.

Being predisposed to type 2 diabetes – linked to unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise – could be behind the condition, research has found.

Scientists looked at data on more than 220,000 men, 6,000 of whom experienced erectile dysfunction.

Using cutting-edge genetic analysis, the team found that having a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes was linked with erectile dysfunction, which they said provided evidence that the two are linked.

How to update your home decor in the new year

As our homes shed their Christmas spirits, decorations are retired to attic-bound boxes and wizened pines are propped miserably against suburban kerbs. For so many, much of the joy of Christmas can be found in the adornment of the home: decking the halls, as it were. I know I’m not alone when I say I feel a tangible sense of loss around this time of year, a festering unfestiveness. Home simply doesn’t feel as special, as decorated or as welcoming in the glaring absence of a large spruce, garnished with trinkets from Christmases past. However, this year, I have taken it upon myself to maintain that sense of playful decoration around my flat. Little flourishes in each room to catch the eye, inexpensive and joyful. So now the baubles have served their time, ‘tis the season for more evergreen accessorising.


It seems only right and fitting to start with some home updates in 2019’s most wanted colour, Pantone’s Living Coral. Add a hit of the vibrant, optimistic and warm shade in your bathroom with a new set of towels. Sheridan Australia’s Living Textures collection is available in aptly named colourway, Coral.

Featuring a ribbed pattern, these 100 per cent cotton towels are ultra-absorbent and irresistibly plush. The collection also includes decadent jewel tones and minimalist neutrals depending on your style. As the trend for open shelving rages on, why not display your new Christmas beauty gifts in your bathroom, rather than stowing them away in a dusty medicine cabinet?

That way, they may actually be used. Nadia McCowan Hill, resident style advisor at Wayfair.co.uk, suggests styling your pampering goodies, candles and any bath time reads on a cocktail trolley, adding that “golden accents like the serving drink trolley by Vical Home on Wayfair.co.uk, will help to create a spa-worthy space.”

Lull yourself to sleep with soothing white-noise apps

On winter nights, the white-noise app on my phone is tuned to Air Conditioner: a raspy, metallic whir that sounds like the mechanical noise that might echo deep inside the ductwork of a huge commercial building. (Among the app’s other offerings are Dishwasher Rinsing, Crowded Room and Vacuum Cleaner.) It lulls me to sleep nonetheless, because it blankets the din in my apartment (the ragged snore of a roommate; the clanking of the steam radiator; the cat’s skidding pursuit of something only he can see).

It may also soothe because it replicates an early sound environment, probably that of a city childhood, though perhaps it suggests something much, much older. Some sleep experts note that babies, their ears accustomed to the whisper of the maternal circulatory system and the slosh of the womb, sleep better accompanied by a device that mimics those familiar whooshings.

My app is but one note in the mighty chorus of white-noise generators, an exploding industry of mechanical and digital devices; apps and websites, and Sonos and Spotify playlists that grows ever more refined, as if to block out the increased rate of speeding, the wrecks, on the information superhighway.

Boohoo praised for showing bodysuit model’s stretchmarks

Fashion retailer Boohoo has been praised for an advertising campaign in which a model’s stretch marks are proudly on display.

The image, posted to the shop’s website this week, shows a woman modelling a £9 white bodysuit with unedited stretch marks on her thighs.

Several shoppers have taken to Twitter to applaud Boohoo’s decision not to edit the marks out.

One shopper tweeted: “Well done @boohoo for not feeling that this gorgeous girl’s stretch marks had to be airbrushed out. Glad to see some normality favoured over the usually idealised image.

This isn’t the first time the fashion brand has featured models with stretchmarks, which are often airbrushed out in fashion shoots by many brands. 

This isn’t the first time the fashion brand has featured models with stretchmarks, which are often airbrushed out in fashion shoots by many brands.