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Manage your allergies this spring with these great testing kits

THE coming of spring is great news for most of us – but not if you have allergies.

There are ways to deal with dust, weeds, food, drink, and mold, but it can be hard to know What the problem is.

The coming spring is great news for most of us - but not if you have allergies.

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The coming spring is great news for most of us – but not if you have allergies.Photo credit: Getty

I’m looking at several tests that can help you figure that out as our beauty editor puts tubing mascara to the test.

HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson

CLEVER TECH – Klarify Home Allergy Test checks for 294 allergens.

It recognizes allergen-specific IgE – an indication of an allergy to pets and their feces – as well as to grasses, moulds, yeasts, mites and food.

The Klarify Home Allergy Test checks for 294 allergens

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The Klarify Home Allergy Test checks for 294 allergensCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

And it was the most difficult of the tests to use. I had to prick my finger three times and it took three weeks for the results to come.

But they were comprehensive.

I’ve found myself to be allergic to male dog urine!

Every test I’ve looked at has given me different results, but this one said I’m allergic to melon – and that’s the only thing I’ve ever had a problem with.

Impressive. £149, uk.klarify.me.

SIMPLE TESTThe Advanced Food Intolerance Blood Test measures reactions to everything from grains and fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans to herbs, spices, vanilla essence and balsamic vinegar.

The simplest test – a prick of the pinky – and I received a full report via email within five business days of the sample arriving at the lab.

The Advanced Food Intolerance Blood Test is just a prick of the pinky and you'll receive a full report via email within five business days of the lab receiving the sample

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The Advanced Food Intolerance Blood Test is just a prick of the pinky and you’ll receive a full report via email within five business days of the lab receiving the sampleCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

It showed a few minor allergies – yeast, fungi and lobster. I probably eat too much bread and drink too much wine, so that might be true.

£99, www.checkmybodyhealth.com.

FAST RESULT – The premium food intolerance test checks more than 200 food and drink ingredients and is very easy to perform with just a finger prick.

As an eczema sufferer, I wanted to see if I could eliminate something from my diet to improve my skin.

The Premium Food Intolerance Test checks more than 200 food and beverage ingredients

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The Premium Food Intolerance Test checks more than 200 food and beverage ingredientsCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

When the results came in five days later, they showed I had a very strong reaction to yeast and flax and a moderate reaction to cranberry and squash.

I eliminated the problem foods from my diet for four weeks. The yeast was tricky as it’s in everything, but worth it as I’ve had far fewer flare-ups.

£139, yorktest.com.

BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden

HOUSEHOLD – Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! smudge-proof, volumizing and defining mascara, £3.49

Rather than covering your lashes in pigmented wax, tubing mascaras use polymers, which generally means they don’t smear.

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! separated my lashes nicely but it flaked off badly leaving black dots on my face

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Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! separated my lashes nicely but it flaked off badly leaving black dots on my faceCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

They can also be removed with just warm water. Essence offers some of the best budget mascaras out there, but this isn’t my favorite.

It separated my lashes nicely, but it flaked off badly, leaving black dots on my face.

At the end of the day it also smeared. Not terrific for the price, but there are better alternatives.

However, dry areas would benefit from an extra layer of moisturizer underneath.

MEDIUM – Glossier Lash Slick, £14: There’s no mascara loved by beauty editors more than Glossier’s hero offering.

The tapered brush makes it easy to reach the small lashes in the inner corner without staining the side of your nose.

The Glossier Lash Slick is just as good for makeup-free days as it is for big, dramatic lashes

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The Glossier Lash Slick is just as good for makeup-free days as it is for big, dramatic lashesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

And the formula is easy to layer, so it works just as well on makeup-free days as it does on days when you want big, dramatic lashes.

It’s the mascara I keep going back to.

I just wish it didn’t dry out so quickly, but given the price, there’s no harm in replacing it every three months, which will be music to any optometrist’s ears. My favourite.

LUXURY – – Victoria Beckham Future Lash Mascara, £28: From first impressions I didn’t think I’d like VB’s latest mascara launch.

The formula is quite wet and looks clumpy on the brush.

Victoria Beckham Future Lash Mascara completely transforms your lashes

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Victoria Beckham Future Lash Mascara completely transforms your lashesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

But when it hits your lashes, it transforms completely.

No mascara has ever given me lashes as long as this one, and the tube formula is truly smudge-free.

My only criticism is that it’s not very buildable, so I need something else for evenings.

But it’s my everyday mascara.

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