Liz Naylor, 62, a retired Sheffield University head of registry services from Greystones, gives us her best and worst beauty buys:
HIT: LANCOME CILS BOOSTER XL, £21, JOHN LEWIS
I have been wearing this for several years and swear by it. It is a great primer and thickener for all mascaras, no matter how much they cost, and I am sure it has made my lashes thicker over time. As it’s white, you can see your eyelashes as you coat them, which makes applying mascara much simpler. It used to have an oscillator, which vibrated as you applied the primer, but sadly Lancome have done away with it.
MISS: CHARLES WORTHINGTON SALON HOME BRUSH-OUT STRONG HOLD HAIRSPRAY, £5.99, BOOTS
It says on the tin that this hairspray has an ultra-fine mist. It hasn’t - it comes out heavily and speedily with little control. It makes my hair sticky and dry the first day, then greasy the next. I am so glad I bought it on offer with their curl defining mousse, which is great, as otherwise I would feel very hard done-by.
DREAMWEAVE LASH CONSTRUCT MASCARA, £14, WRINKLEREGIME.COM
This is it. The Holy Grail of mascaras. Least, it is for me: if there’s one thing women don’t agree on, it’s the best mascara. New little sister of the also fabulous Dreamweave original, Lash Extension, this formula coats lashes root to tip with conditioning nutrients and claims to widen and strngthen in 15 days. The formula is creamy, glides on and extra coats can be piled on without clumping. It’s smudge-free and locks onto lashes so well, you can actually sleep in it.