Chesterfield mum of two Kath Mardles manages Buzz, a company that creates bespoke children’s parties and mobile crèches. All profit is invested back into their work with vulnerable children. Kath gives us her best and worst beauty buys:
HIT: No 17 Hideaway concealer cream, £4.99, Boots
This is a great concealer and just as good as some I’ve paid three times the price for in the past. It’s cheap enough normally, but I picked another one up in the sale basket a few weeks ago for £2 so I’ve got one ready when my current one runs out! It’s creamy but not too thin so it glides on nicely. At 43 with two lively children under 10, a puppy and a busy job a good under eye concealer is an essential.
MISS: Herbal Essences Split Ends Protection Cream £4.79, Boots
I love this range of shampoos and conditioners and thought this would be great as I’m growing my hair and had overdone it with the straighteners to make it look nice (huge mistake, I recommend a bobble or clip!). But it just made my hair sticky and straw-like - not nice at all. I bought two bottles in a three-for-two deal at Boots so it’s now sat in my drawer, reserved for emergencies only.
Lifting effect Foundation, £27.50, M&S, Fargate
This liquid foundation from the Diego Dalla Palma range at M&S Fargate’s new beauty hall, contains anti-ageing skin treats and extract of hibiscus, a botox-like active ingredient. It’s said to reduce facial expressions, which helps prevent wrinkles. I can’t honestly say I noticed, but this is a lovely product. Coverage is really good. Only a small amount is needed to cover dark spots and under-eye shadows and it swiftly mattifies and stays that way for hours - which seemed to make my skin look a little tighter and meant there was no need for powder.