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      21.08.2009 19:30
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      Nothing special in the world of soap

      I bought this handwash when the range was on a special offer a few months back. I forget what the offer was, but the usual price is around £1 - £1.20 depending on where you get it from. It comes in a semi-transparent white plastic bottle, so you can always easily see how much is left. It has a press top dispenser which makes it easy to get just the right amount of the handwash to wash your hands. The handwash is a fairly thin and runny consistency with a smooth, creamy texture. It feels really silky on your skin and when water is added it creates a lovely light creamy lather to wash with. It feels like it's doing your skin some good and moisturising at the same time as giving them a good clean, and the hands are left feeling soft and clean. My skin does feel moisturised and soft once my hands are dried off, but the feeling soon wears off, and I don't find there are any long-term benefits to using it. The scent is quite nice, it's a soft creamy floral scent which stays on the skin for a while after using the handwash. I think this is an Okay handwash, but there's nothing special about it and I won't be going out of my way to buy it again.

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        17.08.2009 20:43
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        An expensive indulgent treat which tastes great

        Ben & Jerrys ice-creams are my all time favorite indulgence, but I very rarely buy them as they're just so expensive for the small amount that you get in a tub. So when I saw them on offer at £2.20 a tub in Somerfield I just had to buy one. This one and the Cookie Dough one are my favourites, so as there was no Cookie Dough available this was the obvious choice for me. It comes in a recyclable cardboard tub with a simple pull off lid. the great thing about their ice-creams is that they fill the tubs right to the brim, so there's no wasted packaging at all. The ice-cream is a really thick, creamy consistency with a rich, creamy, indulgent chocolate taste. You can totally tell you're consuming a lot of calories when you tuck into this just by how creamy tasting it is! Surprisingly the ice-cream is not particularly sweet-tasting, it's more creamy and rich than sweet and sugary, which is a definite plus for me. In amongst the ice-cream are lots of pieces of real chocolate brownies, which are sumptuous chewy pieces of heaven. They taste amazingly rich and chocolatey, but again without any of the sugary sweetness that you might expect from such an indulgent product. On the tub it says that 13% of the ice-cream is made up of these brownie pieces, but when you're eating it it does actually seem like a lot more than that. Because the ice-cream has such a creamy, rich texture, it holds together well and doesn't melt quickly, so you can enjoy it at your own pace and really savour the flavour without having to worry about it melting away. Just a fifth of this 500ml tub contains 220 calories and 12g of fat, and unfortunately the tub doesn't specify how much sugar is in it. It is a very indulgent treat which should not be consumed too often or in large quantities, unless you want to put on weight very quickly! I really do adore this ice-cream and it remains my favourite indulgent treat despite the nutritional damage!

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          17.08.2009 15:44
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          A lovely gentle but effective scrub

          I bought this facial scrub as I've been a bit lazy with my skincare regime recently, and I felt I needed to get back into the habit of regular exfoliation. The only reason I chose this particular one was that I spotted it on a bargain shelf in Boots for just £1! It comes in a light blue plastic tube which stands on it's lid so that the product is always ready to dispense from the tube and there's no need to spend ages squeezing it from one end of the tube to the other before you can use it. The lid has a flip top which fastens nice and tightly so shouldn't pose a problem if you wanted to take it travelling with you. The scrub is a lotion type consistency with a smooth, creamy feel to it. When you first apply it to the skin it feels really cool and soothing on the skin. As you massage it into the skin you can feel the little grains in it, but they do not feel harsh or scratchy on the skin. The scrub has a scent of witch hazel but it's not strong or overpowering, and just gives it quite a fresh scent as you use it. You don't need to use much at once as the scrub lathers slightly when you add water and it's easy to massage over the whole of the face and neck, so a little really goes a long way. It's easy to rinse off and instantly you can feel that your skin feels much smoother. After using it my skin feels soft and smooth and really deeply cleansed. It easily removes all facial makeup without the need to pre-cleanse, and my skin feels like it's had a really good refreshing cleanse, which it really needs to keep it in top condition. It doesn't irritate my skin at all like some exfoliators do, and rather my skin feels soothed and calmed after using it. After using it regularly 3 times a week my skin is looking so much brighter and healthier than it had done previously, and it feels much softer and smoother to the touch. I'm very impressed that such a gentle exfoliator could give such great results, and I may try this one again, even at the usual price of £3.75.

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            16.08.2009 22:26
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            Amazing stuff

            I bought some of these eyeshadows on a whim when I spotted the 'Aquamarine' and 'Peacock green' colours in the shop and fell in love with them! I would not normally spend £7.50 on an eyeshadow but they look like really good quality and I love most Body Shop products, so I figured they'd be worth it. They come in cute little compacts with a plastic case which is black on the bottom and silver on top. The lid has a clear section in it so you can see the colour of the eyeshadow through it. The eyeshadows are smaller than most I've bought before, but I don't use them enough for this to make any kind of difference to me, and the surface of the shadow is still a good enough size for you to be able to use it easily. The shadow feels really soft and smooth to touch, and I must say that it's the nicest feeling eyeshadow I've ever used. The Body shop say that it is moisturising, and it certainly feels as though it's moisturising the skin rather than drying it out. These are so easy to apply because of the amazing smooth quality they have, they really do glide onto the skin and blend really easily. The colour looks great and you don't need to use a lot to get a good colour as they are well-pigmented. It's easy to build up the colour from a subtle day look to a heavier evening look. They don't drop colour or feel powdery on the skin, and they last all day or night without showing any signs of creasing or rubbing off. The quality really does surpass any eyeshadow I've ever used before, and I'll definitely be buying more in the future. The colour range is great too, with everything from subtle browns and nude shades, to intense brights, so there's something for everyone.

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              16.08.2009 00:20
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              A good buy

              I bought this product because I always seem to have a line of dry skin on my bottom lip which no matter what I do and how well moisturised my lips are it always comes back. It costs £7.80, so not cheap, but if it works then I think it's worth it. It comes in a really classy looking tube which is black with a shiny silver lid. It looks nothing like the picture above which presumably is the old packaging. It's the basic lipstick style tube which twists up from the bottom. To use it you just gently apply it to the lips, rub them together, then remove any residue with a tissue. The lipscuff is a minty green colour with little brown grains in it. It's quite soft so you have to be careful not to press too hard with it or you'll get way too much on your lips and also waste a lot. It's got a lovely minty scent to it which is really refreshing. You can't feel the grains in it too much when you apply it to the lips, it really just feels like a creamy lip balm with a very slight grittiness to it. It actually feels quite moisturising, and leaves the lips feeling instantly smoother. After using it for a few days my lips were much smoother, and though the dry skin had not disappeared it had definitely diminished and was less noticeable. I've kept on using it and it seems to have made much more of a difference over time. My lips are still not perfect and I do still get a little bit of scaly skin in the middle of my bottom lip, but I don't get the dry, flaky skin that used to be a constant annoyance. Overall I think this is a really good buy, and used along with a good lip balm it will help keep your lips in kissable condition.

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                14.08.2009 22:42
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                A good mattifying primer

                I don't generally have very oily skin, but in the warm weather my skin starts to shine terribly after a couple of hours at work or in bars and clubs on nights out. When I'm on a night out I'm quite happy to just keep popping to the loo to powder my face, but I can't really do that at work! This in mind I decided to try to find something to keep my skin matte all through the day, and that's when I bought the body shop's Matte It primer. It costs £10 for a 25ml tube. It comes in a nice clear plastic tube so you can always see how much is left, and the packaging, though quite plain, looks very high quality. It has a screw off lid which fastens nice and tightly for keeping in a makeup bag. The tube is a neat little size so it should fit nicely into most makeup bags or even a handbag if you want to keep it with you. The primer is a transparent gel which feels really smooth and silky. The texture is really light and when applied to the skin you can barely feel it going on. There is no noticeable scent to it, not like some foundations and primers which stink really bad. Once on, the primer leaves the skin looking completely matte, and feeling oil-free and smooth. You don't need to use much at all as it spreads so easily over the skin, a little goes a really long way. My skin still feels clean and not clogged or coated at all, and I really can't tell that the primer's on my skin. My foundation goes on really smoothly over the top of this, and it really does it's job of keeping the shine at bay throughout a whole night out when I wear it with foundation, which lasts all night with the primer underneath. I usually use this on it's own instead of under foundation as I don't wear makeup to work, and it does a great job for the first few hours. After a few hours my nose starts to shine quite a bit, but the rest of my face stays completely matte for the whole day, which is a vast improvement on my usual oil-slicky t-zone. I really think this is a great product which works really well even though it isn't perfect. £10 could seem quite expensive for such a small tube, but it lasts for ages as you only need to use such a small amount, and I really believe it's worth it.

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                  11.08.2009 23:28
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                  Great stuff

                  I hate cleaning the toilet, absolutely hate it. So anything that can make my life a bit easier in this area is very gratefully received, and this is where these wipes come in very handy. They cost £1.44 for a pack of 40 in Tesco. These are a flushable wipe for cleaning the toilet, which come in a plastic pack with a peelable sticker on top. You just peel back the sticker to reveal the hole through which the wipes are dispensed. you can then easily pull the wipes through the hole, though sometimes you can end up with more than one at a time. The wipes are so easy to use and convenient. It's far easier and quicker to just give the toilet a quick wipe with one of these every day than to have to get a cloth and water out or scrub it clean after leaving it longer. They're a decent size so you can do the whole of the toilet with one wipe if you need to. They smell fresh and clean and leave the toilet smelling fresh but without the obviously scented smell of some other cleaners. They clean pretty well as long as the toilet is pretty clean to start with, IE. no ground on dirt and grime. It's a case of using these to prevent the toilet becoming dirty, rather than cleaning it once it does, and used regularly they definitely do that. According to the pack they kill toilet germs including E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria. That can only be a good thing! These really are fab and they're now a staple product in my bathroom.

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                  • Durex Play Feel / Sexual Health / 44 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                    10.08.2009 15:11
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                    A basic lube

                    I've never really used lubes before, partly because I don't really need them, and partly because the idea to me just seemed like adding more messiness. However, when I spotted the Durex Play range on a half price offer a few months back I decided to give them a go and snapped up 3 different types for £2 each. This was the first one I tried as it's basically just a 'normal' lubricant with nothing extra added to it. It comes in a rather nice looking bottle with a press top dispenser at the top. I found with all 3 of the lubes that I bought, all with the same bottle just in different colours, it was really difficult to unlock the dispenser so that I could start using it. All you have to do is twist the top of the bottle to unlock it, but for some reason they just refused to come open for ages and I actually quite hurt my hands trying to do it. After eventually getting the dispenser unlocked it's really easy to use. One press of the top gives you a nice amount of the lube for what I would call 'general use'. Obviously if you want to cover a larger area then more lube will be required. The lube is quite thin in texture, but without being runny. It has a lovely silky smooth feel to it and is not sticky, thick or greasy feeling. It glides onto and over skin, or whatever else you may decide to apply it to, and doesn't drip everywhere or make any kind of mess at all really. It's safe to use with condoms and is water-soluble so it washes off very easily with just a little water. This lube does feel really nice and it gives plenty of lubrication, lasting well so that you don't need to keep reapplying it. It's a very light formulation so you don't really notice it on your skin once you've applied it. On the bottle it says that this lube should make your or your partners touch feel more sensual and intense, but I found it didn't make any difference at all in that sense. It provided a bit of extra lubrication but that's as far as any benefits went. We've used this a few times now and whilst I and my partner both like the feel of it and the fact that it isn't messy, we both agree that it doesn't really do anything to heighten the pleasure, so we won't be buying it again.

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                      04.08.2009 16:53
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                      Brilliant shampoo

                      I received this as a gift from a friend along with loads of other Body Shop goodies. As with most of the other items it is something I would never have bought for myself because it's rather on the expensive side. This costs £5.35 for a 250ml bottle or £7.80 for a 400ml bottle. It comes in a plastic bottle which is semi-transparent so you can easily see how much is left. It has a flip up lid which fastens nice and tightly and stays on securely enough that you don't need to worry about spillages if you're going to take it travelling with you. The shampoo is a fairly thick consistency as far as shampoos go, but it's still runny enough to be able to smooth it through your hair easily to lather it up. It has a lovely zingy ginger scent to it which is very nice and really helps to wake you up on a morning. It creates a nice thick lather with minimal effort and a little of this stuff really goes a long way. It feels really refreshing on the the hair and scalp as you massage it in, and it really feels like it's giving it a good thorough clean. I don't really suffer much with dandruff but I do suffer from an itchy scalp which can be really bad at times, and this stuff really does the trick of calming it down and soothing it so I no longer feel the constant need to scratch at my head. When my hair dries after using this it feels really clean, fresh, light and airy. It's left really soft and smooth without that weighed down feeling that other anti-dandruff shampoos give it. It feels and looks amazing and stays that way until I wash it the next day. I'm really very impressed with this shampoo, it's solved my itchy scalp problem and it leaves my hair feeling and looking great. This is one Body Shop product that I would be happy to pay for over and over again.

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                        26.07.2009 15:29
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                        Fantastic value

                        I bought this along with another from the same range when I was after a cheap shampoo and spotted it on a half price offer in Tesco, making it just £1.16 for a 400ml bottle. It comes in a golden yellow plastic bottle, which is opaque so you can't really easily tell how much you have left. It has a flip top lid which does fasten securely for in the bathroom, but perhaps not tightly enough to take travelling with you and not have to worry about spillage. The shampoo is creamy colour with a golden shimmer to it, and quite runny in texture. I find it can be quite difficult not to get too much out of the bottle because of how runny it is, it just comes out too fast. It does have a nice texture to it though, is easy to work through the hair, and lathers up nice and quickly. It creates a lot of lather from just a small amount of the shampoo so it's really not necessary to use a lot in one go. The lather is really fine and soft and it feels lovely on the hair and scalp as you massage it through the hair. It has a nice subtle camomile scent to it which is lovely and fresh. After washing with this my hair feels squeaky clean and smooth, and once dried it feels amazingly soft. It feels soft, smooth and frizz-free, and it looks really healthy. I was quite surprised at the instant difference it made to my blonde hair, making it look lighter and brighter. My hair looks and feels great, and it even seems to have given me a little bit more volume and improved the overall texture of my hair, and this is without the use of a conditioner. I'm really impressed with this shampoo and for such a low price I'll be stocking up and using it for a long time.

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                      • Argos / Highstreet Shopping / 36 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                        24.07.2009 21:20
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                        Don't shop for it, Argos it

                        Argos is one of those places that I really don't like shopping in, but do so on a regular basis due to convenience and good prices. My local Argos is just a 5 minute walk from my house, so it's very convenient for me. Argos has a catalogue which you can pick up from the stores and browse through at your leisure. You then just need to write down the catalogue numbers of the items you want and head to a store. Once there you need to fill out a little slip with the catalogue numbers and take it to the checkout where you pay for your items. Then you have to go to a collection point to pick up the items. It does annoy me that you have to queue up twice in the store and that you have to pay before you've seen your item in the flesh, but I've always found the staff to be pretty helpful and pleasant. The main reason I shop at Argos is that you can get pretty much everything you need in there, and at pretty good prices too. They sell everything from jewellery to kitchenware, makeup to toys, and furniture to camping equipment. There's a good range of items in each department and they have everything from cheap basics to expensive luxury items, so you can easily find something to suit your budget. The catalogue gets bigger every year with more and more items to choose from. The quality of the items varies obviously as they sell loads of different brands and price ranges, but generally I find everything to be good quality. I have had problems before where I've got an item home to find that it doesn't work and could clearly see from the inside of the packaging that it had already been returned by someone else. When I've returned these items to the store and explained that they've given me a previously returned item, they've given me gift vouchers to say sorry for the inconvenience, so the customer service on these occasions has been great. I don't think this is the best place to shop and I hate the stores themselves, but the convenience of browsing the catalogue from home makes it a worthwhile experience.

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                          24.07.2009 20:22
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                          Feels nice, doesn't cleanse well

                          I received this cleanser as a gift from a friend who knows I love the Body Shop but don't really have the money to treat myself. It costs £6.35 for a 200ml bottle, which is actually a lot cheaper than I would have expected for a Body Shop cleanser. It comes in a pink plastic bottle with a screw off lid that fastens nice and securely so you've no worries about spillages if you want to take it away with you. It's easy to get just the right amount out of the bottle. The cleanser is a fairly thick consistency and it has a lovely light floral scent to it. It feels smooth and creamy and it smooths easily over the skin, and you don't need to use too much at a time as a little goes a long way. To use it you just apply it to your face and massage in circular motions, then remove it with cotton wool. It feels nice and refreshing as you massage it in, and a lot of the cleanser is absorbed into the skin as you use it. When you come to wipe it off with the cotton wool there's not really a lot left to take off, but you can see a lot of dirt and grime coming off onto the cotton wool. Despite the amount of dirt that comes off onto the cotton wool, my face doesn't really feel clean after cleansing with this. It feels really soft, smooth and moisturised, but I still feel like it needs a good wash, and after a while my skin starts to feel greasy. As much as I'd love to be able to say I loved this, it simply wasn't up to scratch and I wouldn't recommend it at all.

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                            21.07.2009 21:11
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                            A great sweet treat

                            I bought these yesterday as I fancied a little treat and something a little different from my usual Magnum whites. I remembered having liked these in the past, so I picked up a box of 3 in somerfield for £2.20. If you were to buy a single Magnum from an ice-cream van or kiosk though, it could cost you anywhere up to about £1.50! The ice-cream comes in a foil wrapper which keeps it fresh and also stops it from melting too quickly, giving you a chance to do anything else you may need to do between getting it out of the freezer and eating it. The ice-cream is a lolly on a wooden stick, just like the traditional ice-lollies. The stick is quite short and stubby and it doesn't run far through the ice-cream, which is much better in my opinion as it makes the ice-cream easier to eat as you're not always having to eat around the stick. Because the stick is shorter you may expect it would fall of the stick more easily, but I have not found this to be the case at all. The ice-cream is coated in quite a thick layer of milk chocolate, which is extremely smooth and creamy, and tastes delicious. It tastes very high quality and not the sweet, candyish chocolate that you get with cheaper lollies. In this layer of chocolate are lots of almond pieces, which complement the chocolate really well and give it a lovely crunch when you bite into it. I'm not really a fan of almonds, but these do taste really nice with the chocolate. The ice-cream is a really rich, creamy vanilla ice-cream, which is a nice soft texture. Despite the soft texture the ice-cream stays together really well and doesn't melt too easily, meaning you can eat it quite slowly and savour the flavour without ending up with it dripping all over you. The combination of the smooth, rich vanilla ice-cream, the creamy chocolate and the crunchy almonds is just heavenly. We all know something this nice is going to be bad for us, and one of these ice-creams gives you 280 calories, 25g of sugar, and 18g of fat (11g of which is saturates). By no means a healthy snack, but this is one tasty indulgent treat that I actually believe is worth the damage.

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                              21.07.2009 20:01
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                              Fantastic moisturiser

                              I first bought this moisturiser a few years ago when it first came out, mainly because I loved the packaging, but I've stuck to using it ever since because it turned out to be really good. It costs around £6 depending on where you buy it from, but there are often some quite good offers on and I've managed to pick it up for as little as £3 before. It comes in a cute little red glass jar with a white plastic screw on lid. The lid screws on really tight so it's not going to be a problem to take travelling with you. The jar is quite heavy though, so you may not want to be carrying it around with you. It's a nice light cream with a lovely smooth, creamy texture. It smooths onto the skin nicely, but it does take a fair bit of the cream to cover your whole face because it sinks in really quickly. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, without any greasiness and without leaving any residue behind or feeling like it's clogging my pores. The cream also has a lovely scent to it which makes it much nicer to use than the usual creamy smelling moisturisers. After a few weeks of using this moisturiser my skin felt so much softer and smoother, and looked really healthy and glowing. I've continued to use it ever since and I cannot imagine using any other anti-ageing cream, they're all so heavy and rich and just make my skin feel dirty, but this one is perfect. It's kept my skin feeling and looking firm and fresh, and as yet I have absolutely no visible signs of aging (which apparently should be starting to show by now). The one problem I did have with the moisturiser was that it didn't have a sun protection factor, but it's now available with spf15, so it protects your skin from further signs of aging as well as keeping it looking firm and young. Quite simply I love this stuff.

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                              21.07.2009 14:10
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                              I guess you get what you pay for

                              I bought this along with another from the same range when I was after a cheap shampoo and spotted it on a half price offer in Tesco, making it just £1.16 for a 400ml bottle. It comes in a green plastic bottle, which is opaque so you can't really easily tell how much you have left. It has a flip top lid which does fasten securely for in the bathroom, but perhaps not tightly enough to take travelling with you and not have to worry about spillage. The shampoo is a transparent green colour with a rather runny consistency. I find it can be quite difficult not to get too much out of the bottle because of how runny it is, it just comes out too fast. It does have a nice texture to it though, is easy to work through the hair, and lathers up nice and quickly. It creates a lot of lather from just a small amount of the shampoo so it's really not necessary to use a lot in one go. The lather is really fine and soft and it feels lovely and refreshing to the hair and scalp as you massage it through the hair. The scent is nice and fresh, mainly a fresh, fruity kiwi aroma, but it also has a slight herbal undertone. After washing with this my hair feels squeaky clean and very fresh, but it doesn't feel as smooth as with other shampoos, and it can be difficult to get a comb through it. The first few times I used the shampoo I was very impressed with the results once my hair had dried. It felt really fresh and light, and looked healthy, smooth, shiny, and even a little lighter and brighter than usual. It also seemed to stop my hair from getting greasy and looking dirty as quickly as usual, so I was able to leave it for longer between washes. After the first few uses however, I found that it seemed to be drying my hair out a little, and I had a lot of frizz right at the roots of my hair, which I've never experienced before. This was easily solved by using conditioner or serums, but I really don't like using these products on my roots as I just feel it leaves them looking greasy. I do think this is a decent shampoo for the price, but if you have dry or damaged hair or are prone to frizz then I'd avoid it as it could just make it worse.

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