I’m horribly promiscuous when it comes to beauty buys; one minute I’m loving a gloss, the next, it’s in the bin. But a few old faithfuls I cannot give up – no matter how much – in the interests of research – I should! And, I buy, not blag them. No.1 slot goes to the ouchy-expensive Sisley Nutrative Lip Balm, £29.50 – eek! But, its the only balm that truly, truly sorts out dry lips. One of my pet hates is mint flavoured balms….yuk, yuk, yuk! And thankfully, this luxurious balm has little in the way of scent or flavour. It’s just multi-purpose miracle worker, and at the last count I had five pots hidden in various drawers, bags and pockets.

Spending valuable microseconds in front of the mirror applying the latest, greatest eyeshades is all for nothing if your masterpiece disappears half way through the day. Metallic creamy shades, that seem to have quite a high oil or silicone content are almost impossible to keep in place leaving you working a nude look when you began with nu-metal. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Base, £12, works like a charm, soaking up skin oils from your lids where they naturally pool (hence the ‘where did it go?’ effect).

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