Review: PS Micellar Cleasing Water with Rose & Vitamin E

Primark PS Micellar Cleansing Water

Do you think anything will ever make micellar waters go away? From cult beauty to the mainstream micellar waters are everywhere these days, so how do you know which once are worth it or not. In fact I have reviewed a fair few myself. I’m not a micellar water novice I know what I like and what to expect, I often find Garnier products to be the best but if you want to see my verdict on a variety of micellar waters, the previous products I have tried are the following: Garnier SkinActive Oil Infused Micellar Water, No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water, Boots Botanic All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution and a few more not linked here.

But enough of previous products today is the turn of the PS Micellar Water, which I was curious to try with pretty packaging and an affordable price tag I thought it was worth ago. The packaging overall is pretty simple, and I’ve found the lid (flip top) to be pretty secure it stays shut and doesn’t leak not that I was expecting to but it’s a plus. The only issue is I’ve found it hard with the size of the hole in the lid to control how much comes out more so than others with this closure such as the Garnier Micellar water and often end up with too much product, and an absolutely soaked cotton pad so much so that you have to split it between to cotton pads.

PS Micellar Cleasing Water

Now onto the actual makeup removal I have to say it proved to be somewhat or a mixed bag. On face products and eyeshadow, the micellar deals fine, removing it with a simple wipe all over, easy perfect no problems here. The main problem is when it comes to eye makeup, maybe it’s the sheer amount of mascara I put on a daily basis, but it struggles. Even when you hold it the pad on your eye for a good while it doesn’t come off properly and I still have to use an alternative product in order to take my makeup off properly. Which is a bit of shame?

Overall although I think it was worth a try you tend to buy a micellar water as a do it all product and this definitely isn’t that. I’ll make sure to use it, and I think it will be good as a quick pre-makeup cleanse or to take of the worse of my makeup when I get in from work. So save your money and buy a different micellar water, or buy one of the other products Primark offers. Let me know in the comment what micellar waters you’d recommend in the comments.

Gwen xx

 

February Collective Haul

With February drawing to a close it is time again for my monthly collective haul, its not a big month for stuff but I thought I would share the few things I picked up.

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ASDA: I love it when you’ve run out foundation and not only can you find it in Asda its on offer too. The L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Ivory Rose (£7.00), is my go to foundation I always have a bottle on hand, the best colour match and I love the feel of it too.

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Superdrug: Just a few basics this month from Superdrug this month. It’s been a good month or two since I last had the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), I’m not sure why maybe it’s because I was trying out other products but I’m glad to have it back in my life it’s the best makeup base I have ever had. Other than that, I picked up another boring essential with the Nivea Protect and Care Antiperspirant (£1.63), a good go to deodorant although to be honest I’m not fussy this one is a good one though.

Primark: With my last pair on the way out I once again picked up another pair of the Flat Faux Suede Pumps (£4.00), they are great for everyday and go with a lot of outfits. I’m never without a pair, plus something more expensive never lasts that much longer than these ones. Then after a few failed clothes try-ons I hit up the beauty section, picking more of my favourite Cotton Wool Pads (£0.50 each), some of the cheapest around and they get the job done. Finally, out of curiosity I picked up the PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£2.00), I’m obsessed with micellar waters so I had to try another one and this one is so affordable. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

So what did you pick up in February, let me know in the comments below.

Gwen

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Review: Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water

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What lazy girl doesn’t love a good Micellar Water, and I just couldn’t resist when I saw this recent launch from Garnier. I loved their original formula, and just couldn’t wait to see how this shaped up as I often found this mixed product a little hit and miss in the past.

According to the Garnier website this product promises to:

Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is an easy way to remove even waterproof & long-wear makeup. For the 1st time, Garnier Micellar technology is formulated with nourishing oils. The micelles (cleansing agents) capture impurities like a magnet & lift away dirt from the skin, whilst the oils instantly dissolve all types of make-up.  Cleanse and nourish the feel of skin, in one step without rinsing.”

Some big promises so how does it shape up? I must say I found it so much easier to shake up and mix than some other products of this type, for example the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover is super hard to mix up and separates so quickly. The Garnier Oil-Infused Cleansing Water shakes up and mixes up super easily, and stays mixed for a reasonable amount of time. Once on the cotton pad it doesn’t look or feel too oily and is refreshing on the skin. It feels closer to a micellar water than an oil based cleanser, which is a feel I prefer.

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The fact this micellar water is oil based means it is so much better than the original Garnier Micellar water, opposed to a bit of scrubbing or wiping the removal of waterproof makeup almost seems effortless with this oil based formula. For standard makeup like foundation and eyeshadow, it works like most other micellar waters just quick and easy removal but it’s not like you can complain.

So whats my final verdict? I think the Garnier Skin Active Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water is worth checking out especially if you wear heavy eye makeup or waterproof makeup, as it’s that level up from the original micellar water. In general though I like them equally, and I think I will continue to interchange but this will be great for removing party makeup as we get towards Christmas and the associated festivities.

Let me know if you’ve tried the Garnier Skin Active Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water in the comments below, what do you think about it? Also let me know your favourite micellar water in the comments I love trying out all the micellar waters.

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Travel Skincare Routine

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Keeping your skincare routine up while away is difficult, you don’t want to carry all off your products and the practicality is not always there. So how to I keep up a suitable skincare routine while away? Here are my key products for when I’m not at home to keep my skin happy and clear.

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Let’s start with makeup removal and basic cleansing, as not matter what there is no option not to remove makeup at the end of the day. We all love a micellar water, that holy grail product that we have no idea what we did before it so of course the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Handbag Size). This size is perfect for travel and it’s a great product for taking makeup off and general cleansing purposes. However, for those lazy days’ face wipes are a must and I’m currently enjoying the PS Love Your Skin Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, after all you are on holiday when else can you get away with facial wipes.

A good moisturiser as well as spf are important to any skincare routine, and in case you’ve missed my blog recently you’ll know I’ve been loving the Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator (Decanted). Its so well under makeup and provides a summer glow while providing moisture as SPF so perfect to take away with me and a little goes a long way.

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As part of my skincare routine lip care is key, my current favourite is the Boots Essentials Spearmint Lip Salve nothing too heavy with a refreshing scent and gently cares for my lips. Although I love my lip butters I sometimes find them fairly heavy and you want something you don’t have to worry about or you can’t put lip products over the top quickly.

Finally two bits I want to get some use out of when I’m away that I got in my Feel Unique Pick n Mix order, first and foremost the Trilogy Everything Balm as who doesn’t want a balm that can do everything perfect staple for a trip away. I’m also trying out the Caricara Diamond of Beauty Eye Day & Night Programme, I feel like it’s a nice opportunity to try a luxury sample while away.

What do you like to take away with you? How do you keep your skincare routine in check while travelling let me know in the comments.

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Botanic All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution

Boots Botanics Micellar Cleansing Solution

I’m slowly making my way through the all of the Micellar solutions on the market and putting them all to the test, today the offering is from the Boots Botanic Range. At the moment my two favourites are the No 7 Beautiful Skin  and Garnier Micellar water, so let’s see how the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution Compares.

This is described on the boots website as:

‘This cleansing solution feels as gentle as water on the skin, to dissolve make up, unclog pores and remove impurities. Skin feels toned and smooth in one easy step. No rinsing required for use on the face, eyes and lips. Hibiscus is nature’s brightness booster and a wonderful hue of pink. Natural AHA’s from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter. Our beauty scientists have worked with the world experts in plant science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England), to bring you beautiful, plant powered skin care that’s proven to work.’

The packaging is relatively plain and simple but the bottle is an easy shape to store and small bonus super easy to decant for travel, although it’s not overly large in the first place. However I like the simple design and although it’s nothing fancy it works and tells you everything you need to know. The simple flower design also reflects the ranges link to Kew Gardens which I think is a nice touch.  The only thing I can say is it’s probably easier to get too much or to spill than others due to the wider top, this isn’t a big deal but is worth keeping in mind if you are prone to spilling.

On first impressions it’s not as good at removing makeup as my beloved No7 or Garner options but maybe I’m setting my standards too high and should review it for what it is, a makeup remover. As I used it more I appreciated it for what it was as it removed makeup well, although you did need slightly more than other brands micellar water and it cleared my skin. I just think other products work better.

I brought the Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 solution on offer for £2.24 and it offers good value for this price point. However the full retail price is £4.49 for 250ml (£1.80 per 100ml), which offers worse value than the Garnier Micellar Water which is £4.99 for 400ml (£.83 per 100ml). Yet the Boots Botanics offers much better value than the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water at £9.50 for 200ml (£4.25 per 100ml), although there are regularly No 7 vouchers at Boots.

Comparing all 3 in terms of value and quality of product I wouldn’t recommend it, the product is okay but with better products costing similar and offering better value for money I’d look elsewhere. With Ganier now offering several Micellar Waters for different skin types skip the Boots Botanics and go for Garnier.

Have you tried any of the Boots Botanics range and how do they compare for you? What are your favourite Micellar Waters?

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No 7 Beautiful Skin

No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water

By now the majority of us have tried cleansing/micellar waters especially from brands such as Simple, Garnier and L’Oreal Paris, and here’s one I haven’t tried before nor have heard much about the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water. So I thought I would give it a go.

I always feel as though the Boots No 7 brand is often overlooked, I feel as though for most people view it as for older people but it is a really great brand. With high quality makeup and skincare, although it’s not the cheapest brand especially as the No 7 Cleansing water is £9.50 for 200ml so much expensive than its drug store counter parts yet comparable to a lot of other brands. One tip I will give is that Boots regularly give out vouchers for No 7 products with purchases, £3 off makeup and £5 off Skincare. So most of the time you will be able to get it for £4.50, or get it with many other offers available at Boots.

The product comes in a tall plastic bottle with a pump top, there isn’t a cap but the pump top can be twisted to lock it so you don’t accidently spill it everywhere. The pump is a nice touch, preventing the use of too much product and it is obviously a pricier packaging option, nice but not necessary. Unlike the other Cleansing Waters I’ve tried this one has a least a semi subtle scent

So first up and most importantly how does this deal with the removal of makeup? First and foremost due to the pump it takes that bit longer soak the cotton wool pads, or dampen them enough but that’s not really a big deal as most the time it prevents wasting the product. It swipes of product really easy and takes all of the makeup, so that nothing is left on the skin. For removing eye makeup I often find it best to hold the cotton pad on the eye for that bit longer, just hold it on for 10 seconds and it tends to remove, and at least loosen the worst of the product off as they days when I layer up mascara and go big it takes a bit more to get them off. All in all it works well as a makeup remover.

Obviously we don’t just use these things for makeup removal, sometimes it provides a good cleanse. I especially like using it as a pre-makeup cleanse when it’s been a decent amount of time from my morning skincare routine and I want to make sure my face is fully cleansed and clean. It’s a simple case of splash a cotton wool pad with some of the No 7 Cleansing Water and swipe it all over your skin, which is just super refreshing. I would liken it to the Ganier and other micellar water in how it leaves the skin, just how you want it clean and clear. It does exactly what you want it too, I especially love it before bed as it smells amazing. Use it before bed and you wake up in the morning with your skin feeling fresh and smelling amazing.

Overall I think that it is a great product, it does what it’s says it does and smells amazing and I would recommend giving it a go if you are curious. Is it better than others? No not necessarily as it works just as well as the others, it’s not hard as they are all great products and have transformed skincare routines no end. I understand here that price is an issue, although comparable some other brands Ganier, Simple and L’Oréal all offer great products for under £5.00 and I feel as though it depends what you wish to spend your money on.

Let me know what your favourite Cleansing Waters let me know in the comments below, is there any more I should try?

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Empties #10

Empties #10

Just after I’ve written and empties I seem to then finish everything so I always attempt to space these out somewhat. I don’t know if I should switch to doing these monthly or not but between monthly favourites, collective monthly hauls and then monthly empties I feel like my blog would just feel too repetitive. So just let me know in the comments if I should make this a monthly thing or just make it this semi regular more bi-monthly occurrence.

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L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory (Sample Size): I’ve owned this in the past and love having the sample size, which lasts ages by the way. I loved it over the summer for travelling, used it for graduation and in between and think this will definitely will be the next foundation I repurchase. Would I repurchase: sure.

Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory: This was a little bit of a dud, the colour was way too dark despite being ivory and the lightest shade and on its own it can tend to oxidise. Yet the coverage was great so if it’s the right colour it’s probably a great CC cream with a good level of evening the skin tone out. I’ve used it up by using it mixed with other foundations or bb creams especially during the summer and in varying amounts to use it up and make the colour up to match my more tanned colour especially in the summer as even tanned this didn’t match me. Would I repurchase: nope.

Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory: This is my favourite pressed powder ever and I rarely bother to buy anything else, I’m never oily so I cannot comment on its oil control but it thoroughly sets your makeup in place and is actually pale enough. It is fairly finely milled especially for the price point but it doesn’t look cakey. Would I repurchase: always.

P.S Love Egg Shaped Sponge: The sponge is starting to tear and just doesn’t seem to be cleaning properly so it’s time to swap it out again, this has transformed my makeup routine and I absolutely love using it. I usually end up chucking this every three months for a new one but at £1.50 a time it’s what £6.00 a year. Would I repurchase: yes.

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Superdrug Tea Tree Skincare Lemon Facial Wash: Another item which has been in empties before as well as in the odd routine. So I won’t say much it is just a really nice refreshing face wash, great to use in the mornings. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (‘Handbag Sized’) & Regular Size: After loving the Garnier Miceller Water I thought I would buy the handbag size to take with me on trips and travels, so I could get makeup off properly . I thought this would be great as you could refill it but as it turns out the top doesn’t come off which sucks. This would be great for going away for longer than a week especially as it lasts way longer than that and it’s a great easy to use product. This has lasted me absolutely months well worth it. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: This has lasted me absolutely months, although I haven’t repurchased it yet instead buying the L’Oreal Micellar Water because I got it with discount vouchers. I love Micellar Waters in general as they take off your makeup thoroughly and I’m super lazy, I use it not only to take off my makeup but as a quick pre-makeup cleanse. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tea Tree and Peppermint Deep Moisturising Hand Pack: As it starts to get colder my hands start to need more moisturising as sometimes they crack, so sometimes they need some extra TLC. Like foot packs which I have talked about before these have moisturiser within like plastic gloves and they are perfect for a bit of pampering but you can still do stuff while wearing them like a touch of blogging or changing the channel on the TV. Would I repurchase: yes.

Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack: I’ve had many foot packs in the past so just look back in my empties if you want to know more, they rock that’s all. Would I repurchase: yes.

Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter: Thick, creamy and delightfully floral scent and it isn’t overly heavy but it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. The scent lasts all day too but not in an overpowering way, the main issues is that this was a Christmas gift and isn’t readily available but I think I will try other Laura Ashley Body Butter as the formula is so nice. Would I repurchase: yes, if I can find it.

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Batise Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Sized): So I brought this over the summer to take on holiday with me, but it’s taken me forever to use as I rarely use dry shampoo. I am starting to think I should switch to only buying travel sized dry shampoos so they take up less space. I definitely think batiste is my favourite dry shampoo although I like the original scent I definitely prefer some of the others like cherry and blush. Would I repurchase: yes probably.

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: I initially reviewed this way back at the start of my blog way back in the day, and I found it so-so and it spent most of its time sat the bathroom cupboard. But I’ve recently been using it after swimming and it’s really helped my hair stay in good condition. Would I repurchase: undecided.

Theraputics Renergise Shampoo and Renew Conditioner: These are little hotel bottles which I picked up to take swimming with me, really fresh and a good lather. I don’t think I would bother with trying to find these to buy I think I would use them again.

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Ghost Girl Eau De Toilette (sample): I received this lovely sample in the post, and it is absolutely delectable with notes of pear and pomegranate it’s a sweet fruity scent which I adore. I loved having the sample in my bag for the odd touch up and to freshen up throughout the day. The only thing I am not sure about is the packaging which looks cute but is slightly teeny if I dare say, but it smells too good I may crack. Would I purchase: yes.

P.S. Love Anti-Bac Hand Gel: This hand gel costs amazing and it costs £0.60, best impulse buy ever. Always keep an eye on the till stuff at Primark as this is impulsive and useful. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Wool Pads: So-So not great, but not awful they did the job and were good when I needed cotton wool pads tended to use them for polish removal. Would I repurchase: probably if I needed them.

 

So another empties over and done with, and off to the recycling. What products have you loved and used up recently?

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Collective August Haul

Collective August Haul

I really liked doing this for July and as I didn’t pick up that much over August this one again seemed like a nice little idea. So this is what I brought over the course of August there is a bit of something from everywhere.


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Superdrug

Although I am not on a no spend streak I am making a conscious effort to only buy what I need, and if you’ve read my blog at any point especially from the beginning I absolutely  love the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer. I needed new one at lucky for me it was better than half price for £2.44 at Superdrug. I have been looking for the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in C01 Ultra Fair for absolutely ages and I finally managed to pick it up. I’m hoping to put it up against the Sleek Face Form palette soon, also if it’s a dud its £3.50 so I have nothing to loose.


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Primark

I managed to stop myself buying more clothes that I don’t actually need, showing some clear restraint clearly. I have been wearing pumps and heels daily for work so I needed pop socks. I hate paying loads for them and managed to pick up 3 Pairs of Supersoft Shoe Liners (£2.50) great socks and so inexpensive.

I picked up the P.S. Love Makeup Brush Cleanser (£2.00) for my mum, I use the good ol baby shampoo method but my never remembers to keep up with it and she doesn’t wear a huge amount of makeup. So I thought I’d make up the whole process simpler for her as the brush cleanser method is so easy. I’ve tried it with my brushes just to show her how to use it etc. and it’s really good so if you want an affordable brush cleanser keep an eye out for it. If you have read my August Favourites you will already have seen these, the Primark Natural Point False Nails (£1.00) are amazing. The pointed shape means they catch less, and I think they look so nice I even painted over the top and these looked amazing. I think I will pick up more and I hope they do this shape in other patterns.

Completely random but I picked up the Metalic tattoos (£1.50), which aren’t actually matalic but I thought they looked cute although I’ll probably save them for next year’s festival season. Also as I have anxiety when travelling I used to write on myself positive sayings and I think these might do the same thing just something to focus on. Finally from Primark was a complete impulse at the till buy but it was something I actually needed which was the P.S. Love Anti-bac Hand Gel, I have one in my car, one on my desk where I do my makeup and a final one in my hand bag. This one was only £0.60, so I can’t really go wrong with.


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Poundland

I love Poundland for looking at brand named makeup for £1.00. First up are two Calvin Kline Lip-glosses, I’m not usually one for pot lip glosses but these look so cute in the pot and aren’t colours that I have as much in my collection. Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Bubblegum looks like a baby pink but it is simply a sheer was of gloss so it is a great staple in my collection either to have as a normal plain gloss or add to make a matte lip glossy. While the second one, Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Shades of Pink, is more of a berry pink and is a nice sheer wash which I definitely feel more for the autumn.

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You know when you buy something that is a bargain without ever been sure if you will ever use it but the offer is too much to resist, well I picked up a set of Eyelure Double Lashes. I haven’t got on with false eyelashes in the past but I’ve never tried eyelure but they are always well rated and the price was too much to pass up. I’m sure if I don’t get on with them one of my friends will happily take them off me.

Finally I picked up a hand pack, my hands have been feeling dry lately and I love the foot packs, I’ve tried a few hand packs in the past. I haven’t tried the Tea Tree and Peppermint Hand Pack before but I love the foot pack version. These are super convenient to as they come as plastic gloves you can still do everything while wearing them, so I can take the time out to blog.


B&M

I went into B&M for something else and came out with the Dove Soft Feel Deodorant (£0.99), it was a good price and I’m so not fussy about what deodorant I use. I thought I would switch over to the roller ball type as apparently they work much better, no harm in trying.


Asda

I popped into Asda near my work to pick up lunch and as I needed a few bits I perused the health and beauty isles as they sometimes can have some really great offers. My current face wash is almost out and I was curious to try something new so I picked up the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash for only £2.00 on offer, I love Nivea products they are usually great for my skin. It is the version for dry skin, and as I have combination dry I didn’t see the harm in picking this one. I also visited my sister for the weekend and I didn’t want to just use face wipes as I knew I was going to do some major eye makeup. I love my Ganier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, so picked up the travel version at only £1.00 it’s also great as once it’s done I could top up with my big bottle, I doubt I will but it’s possible. (sorry for the lack of photo)


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Tesco

The last few bits of August I picked up at Tesco while getting gorceries. I usually prefer the large oval baby cotton pads or boots double faced cotton pads but as I really needed some more I picked up the Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Pads (£0.55), if they are dud it doesn’t matter and I’ll use them for removing nail varnish. Speaking of removing nail varnish I also got the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover (£1.20), I just grab whatever’s available for nail varnish remover when I need it and this ones not bad.

I brought some cheap Tesco razors which were a bit crap so went to look at getting some new ones when I saw the Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Papaya and Pearl Complex Razors down at half price for £2.74. You get the ones with Aloe Vera and thought these were interesting and Wilkinson’s razors are usually really good.


So those are the bits I picked up over August, did you guys pick up any good buys over August?

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