Beauty hit - and beauty miss

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Kath Mardles, of charitable company Buzz, which stage children’s parties and mobile crèches, gives th lowdown on her best and worst beauty buys:

HIT: Olive Oil, £3.75 for 1 litre, Asda

Most of us have olive oil in our kitchen, but it’s the best thing to keep your nails supple and strong. I’ve tried standard and more expensive nail strengtheners and none of them are as good as olive oil. I read that you should soak your nails once a week for 10 minutes, but I never rarely time. Instead I keep a small bowl next to the sink and dip my hands in for a minute when I get chance,It doesn’t matter which olive oil you use; I buy whatever is on special offer. Try it and you’ll never go back to nail strengtheners.

MISS: Simple Kind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Make up Remover, £3.75, Boots

I love the Simple range; it’s low-priced and doesn’t irritate my skin. I was gutted to find that this product didn’t work for me. It seemed too thick and went in my eyes. I tried putting less on, but it didn’t get my mascara off. Simple have expanded their range over the last few years but thankfully have kept their original range too, which is the one I will stick to.

JO RECOMMENDS: Blistex Relief Cream, £2.59, Superdrug

This tiny tube is miraculous. It’s my winter essential. When my lips are really sore and dry, it’s the only thing that soothes and heals them. Forget all other salves, which only seem to slick on a waterproof layer. This actually penetrates, with a gentle tingle of camphor and peppermint oil. A little goes a long way; one tube lasts for months.