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      16.03.2013 01:32
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      Not amazing, but good for people with dry areas.

      I got this with Glossybox (a monthly beauty box subscription) but apparently you can get the same sized sample as I got, just at the Elizabeth Arden counter. So if you would like to try this but not part with your money, I recommend doing so.

      Packaging (sample size) - A small white tube with a red screw on lid.

      Smell - The smell is pretty bad. Most people will not like it. To me it's like the scent of an old, musty, dusty room that hasn't been aired for 30 years. Putting such a strong smell on the lips is not ideal.

      Texture - Although described as a 'cream', it is actually a thick gel-like consistancy, or a super thick serum, focusing on the word THICK. It is pink-orange in colour. You only need a small amount, a lot goes a long way.

      Performance - Mostly I use this on my lips at night. It's not so great for daytime, and at night it should do the job better as the product is called 8 hour cream, I think you are supposed to see results in 8 hours. On lips I suppose it kinda feels like Vaseline or something similar, kinda greasy/ slippery. If you don't eat or drink regularly then it stays on for a while. You can also use this product on loads of different areas that are dry, such as elbows, hands, cuticles, feet, even hair (any kind of serum can be used for flyaways or frizz by rubbing a small amount in palms and applying to hair). Similarly, it can be used on eyebrows to shape or keep in place, or even so powder will stick.
      For cuticles I didn't find it amazing, but okay. I would say its best for lips or flakey bits of skin on face, but only small areas.

      It is not the type of 'cream' to be rubbing all over your face, (although you can), as its quite sticky / greasy. I would recommend doing so at night for an intensive moisturizer if you really wanted to.

      I have to mention the smell again though, as its just such a bad scent to have for a product like this. There is a fragrance free version which apparently smells better, but still similar as they just mean there are no added fragrances. It just naturally smells bad.

      However I'm willing to overlook that if the product works!

      Try and nab it for free at a counter if you can!

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      07.02.2013 22:00
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      There's definitely better eye solutions out there

      I have has this product for quite a few months now, so I have fully made up my mind about it.

      The product is packaged in a long, skin coloured 'tube' I guess, but it's not squeezable. You unscrew the white cap to reveal a metallic ball which is the 'massaging' part, and when it rolls over your skin the product is released.

      I'm not a big fan of the ball roll ons because it can cause too much of it to come out. And this does - a lot. I often have a problem with skin colour shades as I am really pale, but I found this wasn't too brown or tinted for my eyes. Maybe this is because it doesn't actually conceal that much... I have just applied the product to one eye and left the other, and I have to be honest I can't see that much difference with my dark circles. It does cover slightly, but not like a proper concealer. But they do claim that this prevents dark circles as well as covering. This claim, I feel is not really true. My dark circles haven't got any better, worse maybe, but obviously that is because of sleep and other things. I still use this almost every day as its the only eye cover I have at the moment, it'll do but I definitely won't be purchasing again. I seem to remember it being really quite expensive too for such a simple and non effective product.

      Overall - not worth the money, not great at concealing or preventing dark circles, not great packaging.

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      19.01.2013 15:52
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      Lovely fragrance for a wide variety of women

      Miss Dior perfume

      Packaging - A light pink cardboard box, with silver accents around the edges and on the writing which is slightly embossed. On the sides and the top there is a engraved houndstooth print, which is lovely and subtle in the same shade pink. The box is sturdy and I tend to keep the packaging as it protects the bottle and scent from going off.

      The bottle is square shaped, with the houndstooth pattern on the base of the bottle too, using a frosted glass to accent it, which looks gorgeous. It is made out of clear glass and has a silver spray top. There is a Miss Dior sticker on an indented part of the glass, fitting perfectly, and is white with silver writing like the front. The bottle looks stunning and super cute especially in the size I have, (50ml). The lid is also square, and has a beautiful silver solid bow, on the actual lid. On top of the lid is an engraved 'CD' for Christian Dior, in a circle.

      Unfortunately my silver bow came off the lid after a few weeks of purchasing it, but it looks like a ring with a bow design, and if the ring was the right size I would be wearing this as my own Dior ring! But it's way too big to fit and the bow is too big for my taste anyway haha.

      Scent - The most important thing is the fragrance, and I'm telling you it is gorgeous. Sweet and flowery, with slight citrus hints. It's always hard to explain how a fragrance smells, but I can imagine most women will love this. I could smell it all day. The scent also lasts for quite a while, I usually top up throughout the day, but I do with most perfumes.

      I don't use much because its expensive and so lovely that I don't want to use it all up, so it will last for a while.
      This is a fragrance that is chic and sweet, but sophisticated too.

      The bottle is beautiful to look at and you can see a lot of effort has gone into making it so lovely. I can understand why you pay a bit extra for Dior perfume, obviously it's mostly for the brand name, but they do make sure their products are quality as well. Will definitely be purchasing again once I've used it all, and if I can afford it :)

      Overall - I love it 💕💖💕

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      19.01.2013 15:17
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      A good dry shampoo. Everyone needs it at some point

      I used to use talcum powder to get of the grease in my hair when I was in a rush. This was pretty horrible as you are bound to get white talc visible on your scalp. Then came Batiste and I was recommended it by a friend. Since then I haven't bought a dry shampoo that wasn't Batiste, purely because I trust it. And there are plenty of dry shampoos on the market now (and much pricier!)

      Then the Hint of Colour range came out, and I had to try it, because the original dry shampoo does leave white marks, especially if you spay it too close! But surely this would be good for grey/white haired people!

      So from now on, I will be buying the hint of colour dry shampoo, as this recuses the white marks A LOT, and stills does a good job.

      Packaging - 200ml is a large can, which is brown coloured with white banners, and stripes. It has a pearly lid which I recommended to keep as the brown liquid can get a bit messy on the spray hole. Also you don't want this spraying accidentally. This size can will last me for a long time.

      On the back, there is info - 'banishes oily roots and boosts body giving dull, lifeless hair the make over it needs without any water. A hint of colour compliments brunette hair tones & helps blend in root re-growth of coloured hair. Leaves it feeling clean and fresh.'

      Scent - Not a big fan of Batiste's fragrance, it's pleasant enough but quite strong and over powering, and I can instantly recognise the smell, so if someone is wearing it I can usually clock it! The scent is there for a reason - greasy hair means its probably not going to be smelling that great, so another useful thing.

      Product - Instantly refreshes and makes hair less greasy. Perfect for when your in a rush or can't be bothered. As I have really long hair it takes a long time to wash, so on the non wash day, this will allow you to have acceptably clean hair. I haven't found that this one leaves white marks yet, maybe slightly but nothing compared to the original. If you spray from far enough then this shouldn't happen anyway. Everyone should have a dry shampoo for those horrible days.

      Usage - All you have to do is spray from 30cm away, in very short bursts, directly onto roots where it's the most greasy. Then rub into scalp, and brush out. If you use this product in the correct way you should get the results it promises. Obviously your hair isn't completely clean again, but it's not as noticeably greasy and I can brave going out without washing my hair if I use this. I have fairly dark brown hair but I chose the medium & brunette because I didn't want it to come out too dark. I don't notice a brown residue or anything, which other people have said, and this may be due to the colour being too dark for their hair.

      This product can make your hair a little dull, and not as shiny, but if your using on greasy hair then this isn't much different. Extra products after the dry shampoo can help solve that problem.

      I also have Batiste Dry Shampoo Original in a tiny size, which is perfect for your handbag, I am not sure if you can get this size in a hint of colour but that would lovely!

      Overall - Easy to use, very handy when your in a rush, lasts long, and no white marks!

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      19.01.2013 14:43

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      Not a bad body spray for the price

      I own a few Impulse body sprays, as I have been bought a few and I used to buy them frequently when I was younger. I do think they appeal to a younger audience, as they are a cheaper alternative to perfumes and other sprays.

      Into Glamour

      Packaging - a 75ml can is about the length of my hand (wrist to tips of fingers) so it's small enough to be carried in a handbag or wash bag. The colour is deep navy blue, which is a lovely colour, with 'diamonds' in a heart shape and other silver sparkles. You twist the top to reveal the spray hole. It means it won't leak or accidentally spray when it's in your bag. It is very easy to twist.

      Scent - I do find that Impulse body sprays are quite over powering, and very strong. It's is good as you don't need to use much to get a lot of fragrance, but not if you don't like very strong scents. It's a nice smell, but if you smell this straight away it just smells of alcohol and its way too strong. After 5 minutes the scent is much more toned down, sweet and sort of musky.

      Usage - Once you have unlocked the top, spray from a distance all over body, or walk into mist for a less strong scent. These sprays are perfect for on the go in your bag, and you can easily pull it out and spray without causing too much attention, (like on the train).

      Overall - Good for taking about, or alternative to perfume. Easy to use and apply. Not expensive and easy to find in Boots and other stores.

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      19.01.2013 14:07
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      Brilliant for makeup and tweezing. Good alternative to natural light

      I got this No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror this Christmas. It was rather expensive but I think it has been on offer from December so it was definitely a bargain.

      Packaging - The mirror came in a large, purple and clear cardboard box with efficient protection to hold the mirror stable whilst inside.

      Look - The mirror is metallic silver which is very shiny, a white fairly long cable leading to the plug, a swivelling axis to flip the mirror round to normal or 5x zoom. It has a black button on the base which turns on the circular band around the edge of the actual mirror. 'No7' is visible on the actual mirror. It has a thick base and the swivel mirror is very thick too so the whole thing is really sturdy and stable.

      Use - It is fairly easy to turn the mirror round but stiff at the same time so it won't swing back, it'll stay in place. The lights aren't too bright to look at closely but light enough to show every imperfection you'd ever wanna see! The zoom mirror is brilliant, especially for tweezing eyebrows, (you can see every hair and tweeze every hair individually) & removing and applying make up - before I used this mirror for make up I must of gone out unknowingly with make up streaks etc, and now this light allows me to see every detail. Also you can easily make sure that you have every scrap of make up removed at night.

      If you have dark lighting in your room or can't use the light then you really need a mirror like this. Because of the light, there is no shadows blocking your light.

      Overall - Good lighting, clear mirrors and easy to use, and sturdy. I would of liked the mirror ace to be bigger as its only enough for your face, so you do have to lean in a bit to see properly. Not sure how long the bulbs last as I've only had it for about a month. Also I don't think it's worth £50, but the half price offer is really acceptable for this handy mirror.

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      17.01.2013 21:36
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      Best smelling deodorant I've used

      I bought this a while back because 1. It was on offer and 2. The title of the scent drew me in.

      Pomegrante flavoured deodorant? Sounds good to me.

      Packaging -

      250ml is a large, white can, which uses a refreshing colour palette and gives you the feeling of freshness - just by looking at it! Mine has a picture of half a pomegranate and some lemon leaves. On the back is the normal info you would get on deodorants, directions, warnings and ingredients.
      In the information, this deodorant claims 48hr protection, 1/4 moisturising cream & vitamin E, improves the look and feel of underarm skin, and to feel fresh and clean all day.

      It is a anti-perspirant deo with 0% alcohol which is nice!

      Usage - I use this everyday and the most noticeable thing about it is the gorgeous smell, mm!
      Pomegranate is very strong and fruity, and the slight lemon scent combines perfectly with the pomegranate. It is the best smelling deodorant I've ever used, which made me buy it again when I next ran out. I'm not sure if it will be my staple deodorant from now on but I do know that I will keep coming back to this if there's nothing else I would rather have. Spray like a normal deo, onto armpits from a distance.
      It does create a huge cloud of very strong smelling mist, which can linger for quite a while. But as it is a nice smell in my eyes (or nose) then it's not too bad.

      Claims - Well it doesn't last for 48 hours, but I swear no deodorants ever do. Maybe you can still smell it after 48 hours but I would of definitely have sweated by then, because if I was wearing it for 48 hours straight I was probably partying haha. It does last a while, but I sweat quite easily, even in winter if I am wearing a warm coat. It does soften the skin. I did notice that my underarms were really soft even though I shave. Fresh and clean all day - hmm not so much, it does last for a few hours but I can easily reapply another two times in a day and night.

      Overall - If you are looking for a deodorant with a unique smell that isn't a typical deodorant smell, then you should try this. Fairly good protection. Lasts a good while. It's like a body spray and deodorant in one. Yay!

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      17.01.2013 20:59
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      A lovely hand cream for all ages. Possibly the best.

      This product looks great, smells beautiful, and works wonderfully.

      I've never really been able to afford L'Occitane products but I've always wanted to try their products as they look and smell so good!

      I acquired Shea Butter hand cream from my beauty advent calendar (thank you!) and if I could afford it, I would continuously buy this specific hand cream.

      It is hands down one of the best hand cream I've used. The only one that comes near is Champneys hand cream which I loved. These two are both right up there.

      Unfortunately I only got a small sized version of the cream, although it is perfect for handbags or makeup bags. I've used it up very quickly but I can't help it as its like giving your hands a present every time you use it.

      Packaging - Lovely metallic squeezey tube, (this means you can get every last inch out, also you can cut off the bottom and get scraping in there! Yes I'm poor) an oxagonal black lid which allows you to twist open and close very easily even with creamy hands, and a cute vintage style design explaining what it is.
      Mine might be slightly different and it was a tester.

      Scent - Mmmm, Shea buttery goodness! Smells divine, like a creamy pancake. You probably won't want to stop smelling your hands after you use this. What a good way to spend the day.

      Product - The cream is thick, creamy, and very rich. You can just tell its doing your hands a whole lotta good.
      You don't need much even though its so rich. My hands felt soft and supple, and very moisturised. Also it absorbs easily. That is a must for me.

      Perfect!

      L'Occitane, can you make an edible version?

      If you are looking for a truly beautiful hand cream, this is for you.

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      17.01.2013 17:12
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      A lovely BB, best one I've tried so far

      I've tried a few BB creams but Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB is the best I've used.

      I was really pleased to have received this in a beauty box, although I hadn't heard of the brand before. A few days later I spotted it in Boots so it is easily available on the high street.

      Packaging - The product came packaged in a shiny cardboard box with a sticky out bit of card with information on. Inside, there is a tube that is the same colour as the box, which is a beautiful pale metallic blue. The tube is well made, easy to use and allows you to use up all of the product.

      Product description -

      Oil-free hydrating moisturiser
      Water holding system
      Sunscreen and Aloe
      Hides uneven skin tone and blemishes

      It is a soft creamy liquid that moisturises and covers your skin. It contains SPF 25 so it will protect your skin from weather too. This product has a lovely combination of concealing, moisturising, protecting and hydrating.

      It feels soft on your skin after applied and you don't need to use too much for it to work. It's kind of like a tinted moisturiser but with much more kind to skin ingredients.

      Unfortunately I am really pale so it wasn't the right shade for my skin. However, I can still use it either mixed with my light foundation or a plain moisturiser.

      I do find it doesn't leave the skin matte, it's quite shiny but that is easily sorted once you have applied a powder on top. It is perfect for a hot day when you don't want heavy foundation, because it is light and breathable.

      If this was my exact shade I would love it, but as I'm painfully pale this shade should be right for most people's skin. It only comes in this shade which is slightly disappointing.

      I have a review on my blog about this product, so feel free to read this too and my other beauty reviews:

      http://costelloreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

      Thanks!

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      15.01.2013 18:04
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      Sweet goodness!

      I was bought this fragrance many years ago when I was in school and instantly loved the extremely sweet smell. From then on I started to buy this as my favourite fragrance and people in my school actually said they knew if I was near because of this perfume I wore. It actually saved me from getting in a spot of trouble once too (long story). Also people commented that when they smelt it they were reminded of me.

      Then as I got older I ran out of perfume and money so I stopped buying it altogether.
      Today, I received a sample of it in one of my beauty boxes. I was reminded of the sweet, sweet smell and it brought back memories.

      Smelling it now, it is very sickly sweet, not in a bad way but I can imagine a lot of people would find this way too sweet to wear.
      It smells like you've walked into a candy store or something. You really don't need to apply much as its strong and last most of the day.

      I remember the bottle was lovely, bright pink with little studs and a round body and lid. It looks gorgeous on a dressing table.

      People do refer to this as a 'young persons' perfume, which I agree to a certain extent - a lot of older buyers would still enjoy this but also it being by Britney Spears, it attracts a younger audience. (Although Britney's pretty old school now!)

      Overall - sweet, strong, thick scent, beautiful bottle and a fun fragrance.

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      15.01.2013 16:32
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      Unique smelling body spray, refreshing and unique. Not bad price either.

      I hadn't really heard of Yardley before but I'd seen some beautiful photos used for their promo shoot for Daisy.
      The reason I have it is because it came in a beauty advent calendar before Christmas.

      Packaging - bright yellow and white aerosol can that gives the impression of fresh and clean. Yellow cap that you pull off and up, revealing a spray nozzle. Very appealing to look at as I like this kinda style and its different to the normal fairly cheap body sprays. It looks much more grown up.

      Scent - the smell of daisies (well flowers I suppose) and freshness. It smells beautiful! Better than any body spray I've used before. Not too sweet, flowery and feminine. It smells summery!

      Usage - this can be used all over the body, like a normal body spray, but it smells so good you could skip perfume as it is so fragrant. It feels very cooling on the skin although like all body sprays it contains alcohol so obviously don't spray straight on to skin, but spray short mists all over, or walk into the spray for a less fragrant scent. Don't forget to shake well before you use!

      Price & value - on the Yardley website (www.yardleylondon.co.uk) it is priced at £2.49 but I think you may be able to find it cheaper than this elsewhere. It holds 75ml of liquid so a good amount, but I get through body sprays quite easily, so as this is my new favourite I will only be using occaisionally!

      Overall - a light, fresh scent which will probably agree with most people's nose's. Bright & colourful packaging. Based on Daisies and summer!

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      15.01.2013 15:50
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      Good packaging but not so good cream. Could be much better

      I recently acquired STEAMCREAM from a beauty advent Calendar. I think I'd vaguely heard about the brand before but not given them any attention.

      First impressions - the packaging is very unique. Each cream comes in a palm-sized metallic tin with a design of choice, and there are plenty to choose from on their website. The smell of the cream doesn't appeal to me so much. The consistency looks quite nice. STEAMCREAM is made from natural products in the U.K or Japan and are mostly vegan friendly (amazing!). The cream is made using the steam technique to make it more of a whipped consistency. You can also use this cream on any of your body including face.

      Packaging - obviously I didn't get to choose mine, but I got a Fiore Limited Editon, which has pink flowers with different patterns on the petals. You can see the metallic tin behind the flowers. It has STEAMCREAM embossed on the tin lid. You unscrew the lid by twisting. This means if you leave your tin upside down in a bag, when you open it, the cream might go everywhere. I try to keep it upright at all times.
      It is pretty to look at, although I would of chosen a different one if I had the choice. There are some really lovely ones on their site. I will definitely be using the tin for storing small things after I have used it all. I encourage everyone who has this to do so!

      I wish they just sold the tins with no cream! Haha.

      Scent - the first thing I think of when I smell this is LAVENDER. I really dislike the smell of Lavender as it can be quite a mature scent. I would never choose this scent personally but I can deal with it as its not as strong as other lavender products. Slight scent of oatmeal (first ingredient) ...but very slight.

      Product - creamy, but not overly thick or rich. Can be used for face, body or hands. I find it has a greasy feel after applying, especially on your face where you really don't want it to be greasy or oily. Therefore I only use this as a night cream, which leaves my skin feeling soft in the morning. Also on hands it is way to slippery and greasy, but good if you can't be bothered to find your hand cream or body cream. I also use this on my nail cuticles.

      Overall - NOT a day cream. Most people who buy this buy it for the packaging so don't be fooled if you want a nice, greaseless, mattifying moisturiser. STEAMCREAM claims to sink in instantly which is just...not true. They need to work more on the cream and less on the packaging.

      Also this cream is around £12.95 I think, which for me is unimpressive as the cream it really not that good.

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        15.01.2013 15:21
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        A good toner with no nasties in

        I use Simple toner after using Simple's purifying cleansing lotion. The cleanser gets rid off left over make up after using my Simple face wipes. Then I use Simple toner to take off the cleanser and any last remaining traces of make up. The toner is very cool and soothing and does a job job getting rid of any nasty stuff on your face that you don't want there.

        Like most of Simples products, it contains no alcohol which dries your skin, colour, and chemicals, which are unnecessary anyway. So this means if you have sensitive skin, it most likely wont effect your skin in a nasty way.
        I use the cleanser and toner with a cotton wool pad, and wipe over my skin in circular movements. I also apply to my neck and you can use this on eyes too. It also claims to have vitamins in which is always a plus.
        After these steps my skin feels really clean, soft and fresh feeling. I used the cleanser and toner a few years back and changed to Garnier. But as I use other Simple products I thought I might as well use all the same, and they do work well together.

        Packaging -

        A light green bottle, made out of plastic that is bendy enough to squeeze, not that you need to as it just pours out. The green is clearly see-through, so you are able to see how much you have left. (Cleanser is white and not see-through).

        Scent - not a strong smell, but it does have a light fragrance which is hard to explain.

        Overall performance - does what it says on the tin. Not incredibly different to other toners, but works well, especially with combining products.

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        15.01.2013 14:52
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        The best wipes around

        I have been using Simple cleansing facial wipes for years now. You don't need any other face wipe than these.
        They don't contain any alcohol, oil, perfume or colours, therefore they are perfect for sensitive skin.

        My mum loves these and she wouldn't buy any other wipes which I totally agree with. She used to buy them for me when I lived with her and now these are the wipes I always buy even though there are cheaper ones out there.

        The wipes come in a light coloured refreshing green, with a sticky peel back opening, so you can stick it back to keep all the moisture in the wipes. I found other wipes usually loose a lot of the wetness in them, but Simple always seems to be very wet even on the last wipe.

        I use these on my face to remove make up before cleansing and toning. They remove eye make up, even waterproof mascara but I don't usually wear that. The wipes are fairly thick and stretchy and usually one wipe is enough for your whole face (unless your wear extreme amount of make up!)

        I've never had any problems with them, my skin always feel clean and fresh after use, and get rid of any oil of your face easily.

        The only con is that recently they have changed the wipes to 'extra soft' which should be a good thing, but the wipes are now more flimsy and I personally find they don't work aswell.

        I also use Simple wipes if I need to freshen up my body, after exercising or a night out, which is a good way to cool down and to feel cleaner!
        Hope you find this review helpful. I always trust Simple products 💝

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