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      01.08.2015 02:33
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      • "Offers germ protection and cushioning"
      • "Comfortable against a stabbed cut"
      • "Soaks up blood quite well"

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      • "None at all"

      Protection from dirt and bumps

      I don't know why the gauze I used on my cut hand last night is Fortuna, I'd never heard of the brand before and am sure I didn't buy it - we have an eclectic and quite badly stocked First Aid bag at the moment so with blood running off the ends of my fingers I grabbed the first thing I could to wrap around it and try to stop myself bleeding out from possibly the world's smallest looking cut (it's actually very deep, hence the blood).

      This is a 1 metre roll of basic light weave gauze, it's not designed to stop a cut from bleeding but protects something nastier than your average scratch from added damage or causing even more pain - the way I used it was to snip a thickish piece off the roll and wad it against the cut before wrapping a bandage around it all. The cut was made with the pointy end of a steak knife slipping and literally stabbing myself with some force, it looks like a small cut but is in a really awkward position and had edges that needed to join again. I wrapped the bandage quite tightly around my hand, ensuring the gauze was pressing against the cut for the support and added comfort of the bandage being so well padded.

      When I took the bandage off this morning to replace it with a less bulky plaster I was pleased to find no lint or fluff sticking to my cut, it had soaked up a fair amount of blood but hadn't turned sticky or slimy - it didn't stick to the cut despite there being some dried blood around the area and I'd have been happy to have reapplied the gauze if I'd needed to.

      I have no idea how much this cost (or indeed where it came from) but Google is throwing up a £1.99 price tag for the 1 metre roll - super value in my opinion as it works well and to be honest if you needed to use 1 metre in one go I'd imagine a couple of quid would be the least of your worries!

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      01.08.2015 02:07
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      • "Nicely designed for kids"
      • "Excellent stickiness"

      Disadvantages

      • "None really"

      Tattoo You!

      I cut myself pretty badly last night, trying to get into a crazily slippy cheese packet with a steak knife - I won't keep you in suspense, it ended in the bloody mess expected as the knife slid off the packet and straight into the base of my pointing finger. It was bad enough for a bandage overnight as it just wouldn't stop bleeding, but this morning I woke up and knew that was overkill so set about hunting for a plaster.

      No luck (obviously...) so I called my daughter to tell her to pick up a packet of plasters on the way home - expecting her to bring back some nice flesh coloured or clear ones, not these kiddified tattoo style plasters.

      The few I've used have been very good actually, the cut isn't a big one but it's deep (imagine the pointy end of a steak knife going directly into flesh) - it needs dressing to keep it clean but is in the most god-awkward place and is surrounded by a big bruise as I've obviously cut into *something* inside. Nasty.

      The plasters stick well and it's only the constant flexing and moving of my hand that's causing the stickiness to fail. The tattoo designs are cute but I could live without them, I'm not bothered about using a kids plaster in the slightest but have to say these aren't what most adults would choose to dress a cut in such an obvious place.

      The part that is stuck fast to the skin takes a little tugging to remove, I can imagine my eight year old wouldn't be happy about that as she hates the feeling of pulling plasters off but it didn't pull enough to hurt.

      My daughter can't remember how much she paid but I'm guessing a couple of quid based on what I know of the prices in that particular chemist, they're worth using as the stick is good and the plastic surface of the plaster keeps the antiseptic cream in and the dirt out - which is just what my hand needs at the moment!

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      01.08.2015 01:59
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      • "Fast freeze tech!"
      • "A+ Energy efficiency!"
      • "Looks eye catching"
      • "High quality build"
      • " nice and big"
      • "Great size"

      Disadvantages

      • "Top shelves might need you to go onto your toes!"
      • "Can be noisy at times"

      A great energy efficient fridge for a medium size family with no outstanding cons! :)

      Welcome to my review for the hotpoint FFUL1913 that I've had for over a year.

      This is a bit of a tall appliance at nearly 2 metres tall, so definitely it will stand out in your kitchen.

      Also great news is that it has ample of space for storing things at around 324 litres for the fridge (at the top) and 162 litres for the freezer (at the bottom), so a medium sized family can easily store it’s weekly food shopping.

      LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE FRIDGE SECTION:
      The door opens with little effort but it doesn’t open as wide (about 100 degree). The doors themselves can be fixed on either the Right hand side or Left hand side depending on your preference.

      Looking inside the fridge, you have your usual options – that’s shelves made of toughened glass which are removable making them easily to clean. There is also a bottle holder which clamps onto a shelf.
      There is also a 1X salad draw and a 1 X meat/fish storage section which opens easy and has plenty of space.

      The door itself has 3 x shelves, but the higher ones might require you to tip toe so as to reach it. The freezer compartment comes with Hotpoint’s Air tech that makes sure that the fridge is always cool no matter where inside the compartment you place food.
      The fridge has nice LED warm lighting that makes visibility easy.
      With the door open, there are some manual controls for the both the fridge and freezer that are easy to operate = nothing complicated and no LCD screens thankfully! So nothing should go wrong here, and you shouldn’t need to tinker with anything here.

      HOW ABOUT THE FREEZER?
      Similar to the fridge, the freezer door opens really easy and it has 3 big storage bins that are easily removable. There is also a fast freeze option which is ideal for fast freezing food and locking in freshness, or preventing those ice cream cones from melting after a trip from the supermarket.
      However, there is no LED lighting for the freezer section.

      WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
      I’ve had he fridge working like a charm for over a year. So far no problems and its rated as A+ in terms of energy efficiency. I shopped around at got a huge saving on this fridge.
      The only downside is that this fridge can be noisy at times, but from what I understand this is normal.

      A great, if sometimes noisy fridge with ample of space for a medium family.

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    • Essie Fall Mink Muffs / Make Up / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      01.08.2015 01:19

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      • "Great color "
      • "Last long "
      • "Great quality "

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      ONE OF THE BEST

      I actually use this nail polish brand a lot. Personally , I think it's one of the best nail polish out there. It last long , give shine to your nail and also have a great quality. When I wear it , it conpliments my hand. Recommend this product ?

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    • Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB / Smartphone / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      01.08.2015 00:51
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      • "Takes great photos"
      • "Very clever phone"

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      • "Doesn't fit in my pocket"

      Love my iPhone

      I bought an iPhone a few months ago, and it's opened up a whole new view of the world for me. This phone seems to be able to do just about everything.
      Here are some of the roles it plays:
      It's a phone, so you can call people, receive phone calls, block unwanted callers, receive and play back voice-mail, and receive and send texts.
      It's a calendar. So you can keep track of where you're supposed to be, and when you're supposed to be there. Not only that, it will remind you when you have an appointment, and if you tell it where the appointment is, it can work out how much time you need to get from where you are to where you want to go, and it will even let you see a little map of your destination.
      It's a camera and video camera. The pictures it takes are really good quality, which means I don't have to carry a bulky camera around with me all the time, and can just use my phone.
      It has a facility called Siri, which talks to you and also can transcribe your voice into text, so that rather than having to type something in you can just speak it. Siri will also answer your spoken questions.
      Then there's Facetime. Face to face conversations, so you can speak to friends and family who might be far away.
      It's a computer. You can go online and search for websites or any information the way you would on your PC.
      It has a word processing facility, as well as spreadsheet.
      It can communicate with other phones that are nearby, and transfer information with a click.
      And apps, hundreds of them, which can perform any number of tasks you can think of.

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      01.08.2015 00:41
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      • "Good price"

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      • noisy
      • worn
      • dirty

      OK but needs updating urgently!

      I have used the Farringdon Travelodge many times over the years, it's a bit of an odd Travelodge, it is one of the few that Travelodge took over the hotel from another chain but did not bother doing anything with the rooms other than insert their own beds and hang some curtains.

      The location ....

      The hotel is located on Kings Cross Road around 5 minutes further along the road than their Royal Scott Hotel. It is in a slightly quieter area with less traffic and street noise which is one of the more favourable sides to the hotel. If you are lucky and get a back room you should not hear much street noise.

      The hotel however is not in a very good location for any tube stops and is limited even on the bus front, there is a stop directly outside the hotel but I found it easier to taxi when at this location.

      The Rooms ....

      As previously stated the rooms in this hotel have not been changed since it was taken over, this was at least 15 years ago so the rooms really need to be updated. They are also tiny! Many not much larger than the bed and dresser.

      The rooms all have a tiny windowless bathrooms which has a bath, overhead shower and small sink and toilet. These must have been fairly nice at one point but again are worn, mouldy and in need of refurbishment. Another issue I have with them is actually the location, they are right by the entrance door to the room and you can hear everything going on in the communal areas outside even with the door closed.

      This noise issue also affects the main room, there simply appears to be no sound proofing at all here, you can hear someone walking outside the room from lying on the bed, if you are unlucky enough to be a light sleeper and its a busy stay then do not expect to get much sleep!

      Sadly these rooms are often poorly cleaned and I have had occasions I have moved rooms several times before I have felt the floors were clean enough for me to accept the room.

      Cafe/Bar ....

      This hotel does have a small cafe and bar which is actually fairly nice, it serves the usual Travelodge foods and is fairly fast at serving.

      Overall ....

      I use this hotel often because it is a lot cheaper than the other London travelodges, its is ok for a one night stay but needs major renovations.

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      01.08.2015 00:40
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      • "oil and milk"

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      • none

      Costs a lot but worth it


      I got a heap of Loccitane goodies from my hubby for my birthday earlier this year. H knows my love of beauty and this is one brand I will happily try anything. I got a bag of almond goodies including this shower oil. I left it for a while not sure how I felt about shower oil as I usually use a cream wash but I did like the idea of multi tasking and coming out of the shower already moisturised.

      How does it work?
      It is an oil on the body but turns to a milky substance on the body when mixed with water. You have to act fast and I usually avoid the faucet whilst massaging the oil on. Once the water hits it washes off a layer leaving skin lovely and soft.

      My thoughts
      This does not leave you feeling in any way greasy. It really is like a magic mixture. I like how it smells too and it leaves my skin soft and cleansed.

      Price and availability.
      A 250 ml bottle is £18 on the Loccitane website.

      Final word
      I was gutted to finish this shower oil as it really was something special. It smelt wonderful too and did a great job of cleansing and cleaning and moisturising. I got a pink parcel the day after finishing my bottle of shower oil (Pink Parcel is a beauty box full of surprises) and it had a bottle of the same shower oil in it luckily so I am still happily using it. I would buy it again though as I think it is worth the high price tag.

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      31.07.2015 21:53
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      • "Leaves Skin Soft"
      • "Moisturises Well"
      • "Smells Light"

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      A good staple moisturiser for a good price.

      The distinctive yellow tub with a light pastel green lid of atrixo has been an almost permanent decoration on by bedside table for years. I remember, as a child, my mum using atrixo and being able to try a little bit of hers as a treat - so it has been approved for generations!

      A 200ml tub is around £2 to £3 and can be purchased from most supermarkets like Asda or Tesco and drugstores like Superdrug and Boots. If you are lucky, sometimes you will get a free 50ml miniature version of the cream, which is perfect for your handbag for on the go moisturisation.

      When you open the tub, you are hit with a lovely light chamomile smell (and this is well known for its enriching and moisturising effects which is a bonus). This smell is light enough to be pleasant without being overpowering or sickly.

      The cream has just the right consistency - not too thick and not too thin - and spreads easily onto the skin. It isn't greasy, but doesn't dry in straight away either, but this isn't a major issue. After using this for a few days, I noticed that the dry and chapped bits of skin (particularly in between my fingers) had cleared up considerably and the skin was much much smoother and softer.

      Overall, I would highly recommend this product for something that will make your skin much softer and be a good general moisturiser for your hands for a good price.

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      31.07.2015 21:09
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      Not my favourite but others like it.

      The little black dress perfume is nice but not that sexy of a scent. You can wear it day and night. Little black dress perfume is not my favourite. There are also little red dress, little pink dress and little black dress eau fraiche. In brochure 14 page 110 The little black dress is on an offer where you can buy any two perfumes for £13 on page 110, one perfume is £13 but you'll be saving an extra £13 as you will get two for one price. The perfume bottle size is 50ml. The normal price for the perfume is £13. In brochure 15 page 119 little black dress price is reduced to £9 saving you £4. The little pink dress, red dress and black dress eau fraiche on pages 104 and 105 they are reduced to £6.50 so half price saving you an extra £6.50. I know little black dress is supposed to be very popular but according to my customers they adore little pink dress more they say how it has a lovely scent and it lasts ages. Plus the bottle is more cute as it is pink. But if little black dress is your favourite perfume I'd recommend you buy from brochure 14 as you will get two perfumes for £13 where as if you order two little black dress perfumes from brochure 15 it'll cost you £18 so that will be £5 more than in brochure 14. Hope you found this review helpful, if you are looking for a representative and live within Burnley or Skipton area I'll be happy to pop round with a brochure.

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    • Bic Soleil Lady / Shaving & Grooming / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      31.07.2015 20:42
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      • "Ergonomic Grip"
      • "Easy to use"

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      • "Cuts easily"

      My favourite razor; Cheap and Effective!

      Soleil ranges are my go-to razors, especially the Lady range. I have used these since high school and they are definitely the ones that I recommend to people when they want a new razor.
      The packaging is a fun yellow-orange that is based off of the razor's handle colour, which is a nice change from the super feminine pink with flowers design that most brands go for with their women's razors. The razors themselves comes in 4 colours, transitioning from bright yellow to bright orange. The razor heads also have a small strip of conditioner sponge above the razor blades themselves.
      The razor handle is easy grip and comfortable to hold and the razor itself works incredibly well at shaving closely to the skin and over large spaces with little effort. Unfortunately, as the head doesn't move, it's important that you are careful with the angle that you shave at as you will cut your skin very easily when you don't apply the correct amount of pressure. These are also the most long lived razors of the range, my last pack lasting for over 4 months (4 per pack) without major wear and tear or decay.
      Overall, these are my favourite razors to use; cheap, comfortable and effective.

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      31.07.2015 20:31
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      • "Gentle on Skin"
      • "Easy to use"

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      • "Short Life Span"

      My favourite razors to use!

      The Soleil range is my go-to razor brand and the Bella is no different!
      The package is all blue, which is nice for people like me that like more gender neutral colours for their products instead of a super feminine pink with flowers and such. It's quite easy to open, though you may need a pair of scissors if your nails aren't particularly long. The razors themselves as neat and simple, with a moisturising blue strip around the edge of the razor blades. These blades aren't scented but they are quite fresh-smelling anyway.
      Using them is really easy and the blades are sharp and clean for the first 5-10 uses.
      It leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft, without an itchiness or soreness of the skin. You should still be careful about the angle that you shave at, as razors are always prone to catching your skin instead of the hairs.
      Personally, I feel that these razors don't last as long as some of the other variations in this range, usually lasting about 2 weeks rather than the usual 3-4 weeks. The quality doesn't suffer but it can be very frustrating.
      Overall, these are some very good razors for the price and I would highly recommend them!

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      31.07.2015 20:26
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      • "Good value"

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      • None

      Affordable pressed powder

      I don’t usually foundation every day but I like some sort of covering as I have a few dark patches and blemishes on my face so I use pressed powder on a regular basis. This Collection 2000 face powder comes in three shades, light, medium and dark and I chose the light to match my complexion. I paid £4.99 for this compact which I think is a good price compared to a lot of others.

      It comes in a plastic compact which has a clear cover so you can see how much powder is left. It doesn't come with a sponge or applicator but I always have quite a few of these in my make up bag and you can pick them up cheaply.

      To use I will give the sponge a little twist to get enough on there to use and then apply the powder to my forehead, cheeks and nose using a sweeping outwards motion. I find that I usually have to dab the sponge back onto the powder once more to make sure that all my face is covered. It does feel soft and silky on my skin and you really can’t feel that you are wearing it as it doesn’t feel caked on or thick at all. It does a good job of disguising blemishes and also prevents my face from becoming shiny which it is apt to do if I get warm and it is also a great product for setting your make up.

      I have never experienced any irritation or reaction when using this powder and I have been using it now for several months. It blends excellently on my skin leaving my skin looking very smooth and it also removes easily with wipes or make up cleansers. It is cheaper than some other brands but it goes on very smoothly and I find that it stays on all day so you don't have to use as much powder. It definitely feels like a high quality product and I do recommend it.

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    • RoC Face Wipes / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      31.07.2015 20:21
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      • "Soft and moist wipes"

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      • None

      Gentle facial wipes

      I have been using face wipes for as long as I can remember and I am not really loyal to one product but will buy the ones which are on the best offer at the time. I bought this pack of 20 RoC cleansing wipes for sensitive skin for just £1.50 from a local pound shop which is over half the recommended retail price. The ingredients include Aloe Vera and cucumber extract which help to sooth and cool your skin.

      The pack is oblong in shape and displays the ingredients and directions for use. It has the usual resealable closure tab which you need to make sure is closed firmly after use to keep the moisture in the remaining wipes. These particular wipes are very moist to the touch and even when I get down to the last few they are always still as moist as the first one with no signs of drying out. The wipes are white and are soft to the touch and have a clean fresh fragrance which is quite subtle which I like as I don't like strong smells on my skin. As these are gentle wipes they are suitable for the most sensitive skin. I find that one wipe is sufficient to cleanse my face and neck even if I am wearing a lot of make up including waterproof mascara.

      These wipes do a very good job of cleaning my face and I can feel a lovely coolness as soon as they touch my skin which feels refreshed afterwards and very clean. With these wipes you can feel a slight tingly feeling but I think this adds to the clean feeling but some people may not like this. The wipes seem to be quite strong and I would say it would be very hard to rip or tear them and although personally I don’t seem to have to rub very hard to remove any type of make up I would think that you could use quite a bit of pressure and they would still stay in one piece.

      These wipes are gentle and have never caused me any irritation on my face or around the eye area. They are fragrance free, and alcohol-free and have been dermatologically tested, so should be suitable for a lot of people. I love the clean fresh feeling I get after using these and will definitely buy them again.

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      31.07.2015 20:17
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      • "Gives hair body and shine"

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      • None

      Nourishment for your hair

      A friend recommended this L'Oreal Elvive renourishing shampoo to me after I had told her that my hair was getting a bit flat and needed a boost. I bought this shampoo from a local discount store for £1.80 but you can pay up to around £2.95 for it. It comes in a white 250ml bottle which gives you the ingredients and instructions for use, and it has a flip top which the bottle stands on so the shampoo is always ready for you to dispense.

      The shampoo itself is a light creamy colour and has a lovely fresh smell which as it isn't floral or feminine so it would be suitable for both sexes. It feels rich and creamy and you can feel the thickness as you are massaging the shampoo into your hair and it seems to cling to your hair so you do know it is a good shampoo.

      I wash my hair every other day and have been using this shampoo for a couple of months, and I can tell a difference in the texture of my hair and it appears to be thicker which is great.
      To use I squeeze about a 10p size onto my hand and find that this is sufficient to rub up into quite a frothy lather which washes my hair easily. I can feel the shampoo soaking into my hair and it feels like a quality product. It seems to cling to my hair a bit so it does take a bit of rinsing and I then apply a conditioner to finish off.

      From when I started to use this shampoo my hair looks thicker and nourished, and it has been commented on by friends and family. I recommend this shampoo if your hair needs a bit of a boost, it is good quality and also good value.

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      31.07.2015 19:51
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      • Moisturising
      • "Gentle on Skin"

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      Definitely for sensitive skin!

      Upon starting to get bad rashes from allergies last summer, I considered using a shaving gel or cream to reduce the reactions while still being able to shave. Having very sensitive skin naturally, I'm also prone to razor burn and random cuts on the skin, so I went looking for a shaving cream or gel that would be suitable for my skin. I saw this on sale and threw it straight in the basket.
      Usually it's rare to find a shaving gel that's sensitive on the skin but this really works!
      The bottle is ergonomic and the cap is easily removed and attached with a spray top that makes application easy and efficient. I enjoy spraying the gel onto my legs when I first used it!
      The formula is ridiculously gentle on the skin, it's light and foamy on contact with the body and you can hardly feel it because it's so light. As the formula foams, you can begin shaving, and the foam is so helpful to collect up the loose hair that you cut off and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft without any razor burn or cuts! It's also really easy to wash off and down the drain, making life a lot easier for the clean freaks of the world.
      All of this comes at the cheap price of £4, which is a bargain in comparison to a lot of other products on the shelves at the moment.
      Overally, I would definitely recommend this to those with sensitive skin!

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