Cut-price cashmere: We test Gap, Uniqlo, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, La Redoute and Primark

Is cut-price cashmere a CON The high street is awash with cheap knits – but are any of them value for money We test Gap, Uniqlo, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, La Redoute and Primark | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 26 November 2012 Cashmere was once a luxury item – but these days you can buy jumpers in the material in almost every High Street shop, from Primark to Tesco, John Lewis to Mango. The cheap cashmere revolution started in 2005 when import quotas were relaxed and China started exporting huge volumes of it to the EU. The lower end of the market still tends to be dominated by fibres from Chinese goats

Forget gel and shellac, it"s all about velvet varnished nails

Forget glossy manicures, now it's all about VELVET varnished nails | UPDATED: 19:56 GMT, 24 July 2012 If you want your nails to be totally on-trend, it’s all about tipping them with velvet, according to one glossy magazine. And no, they’re not talking about yet another racy BBC drama, but varnish company Ciate’s latest creation: the velvet manicure.

Can a pair of tights really give you a perfect fake tan?

Can a pair of tights really give you a perfect fake tan We put them to the test… Dream tan: But can tights that tan your skin while you wear them really make your legs look perfectly sun-kissed like this model's Once a pair of tights was just a pair of tights — but over recent years they’ve come imbued with added extras that promise to do everything from moisturising your skin to banishing cellulite.

Muscle leggings by Black Milk Clothing: Will anyone other than Lady Gaga and Heidi Klum wear them?

Grotesque muscle leggings go on sale… but will anyone (other than Lady Gaga and Heidi Klum) actually wear them Bringing new meaning to the concept of being underdressed, a fashion firm has launched a range of leggings that emulate muscles with the skin torn off