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      22.09.2014 14:17
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      Soothing, Fruit Halls Soothers.

      Whenever I get a scratchy throat or the signs of a sore throat, I turn straight to Halls Soothers because I find that they do the job perfectly and they are indeed very soothing. They are widely available and, as far as I know, come in three flavours - blackcurrant, peach and raspberry and cherry.

      Personally my favourite flavour is cherry although I find that they all work equally well and that they all taste pretty good actually. Whereas medicine type things always taste disgusting, these actually taste really fruity so that you feel like you are eating sweets rather than medicine. The flavours are really full and balance out the menthol effect well so that it is not too overpowering.

      The sweets are available everywhere more or less, although I find that the blackcurrant ones are more common and that you have to search a bit for the other two flavours.

      As I say, they work really well at soothing your throat because they have a menthol liquid centre that seems to coat your throat and gives instant relief from scratchy and dry throats. I find that you only need one or two as well and that they have a fairly long lasting effect which is good.

      They aren't cheap at 80p for a 45 gram packet which contains about ten or eleven sweets, but I think it is a price worth paying for the effect that they have. You can buy them in three packs as well, which makes them cheaper.

      Overall I would definitely recommend them because they taste good and work well.

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    • Nurofen Tablets / Pain Relief / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      06.09.2014 13:50
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      Expensive Pain Relief By Neurofen

      I usually don't spend a lot of money on tablets and pain killers because I just don't see the point. I tend to buy supermarket own brand versions and have never had any problems with them. I ended up buying these Neurofen tablets because I was at a petrol station and in need of pain relief and this is all that they had.

      The ones i got come in a pack of 16 and I think they cost just less than three pounds although I think you can get them in supermarkets for just less than two pounds. Either way it is pretty expensive I think, especially when you can get the supermarket equivalent for around the thirty pence mark and certainly no more than fifty pence.

      The company are a well respected one who have been making pain relief tablets for many years. They claim that their standard Neurofen tablets are proven to treat pain quickly and efficiently and I would agree with that. They are effective and they stopped my headache within about twenty minutes of taking them, which I thought was quite good. They aren't too big either, so they are easy to take. These ones don't have a sugar coating, but the caplet version of the same product does I think.

      So they are good, I agree with that. My main issue though is the price because they are no better, in my opinion, than their much cheaper, non branded counter parts. I just don't understand how they can justify charging up to ten times the amount.

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      06.09.2014 12:43
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      Sleek Design Comfortable Trainers From Reebok

      I am a Nike Air Max girl usually but, when my most recent pair of Air Max died the death, I couldn't find another pair that I liked. I like trainers that look like trainers, not works of art. Which is how I ended up with the Reebok Classics that I now have.

      The trainers are classic by name and classic by nature and design. They are exactly what trainers are supposed to look like. They are all white, with a hint of colour (in my case with pink stripes just above the sole). This means that they do look very bright and clean when they are new!

      Aside from the look of them, one of the main reasons I settled on these trainers is the comfort. They have a nice thick sole that makes them very comfortable when you are walking. The trainers aren't designed to be sports shoes, but more every day use trainers which is why it is important for me that they are comfortable for walking long distances, which these very definitely are. They don;t rub anywhere, even when they are new and when you walk a long way. The thick soles make them soft on impact, which is great.

      The trainers cost around the £50 mark, although I got mine for just £40 in the discount sports store near me. I think they are very good value for money, especially when you compare them to other brands (my last Air Max for example cost over £60).

      overall I would definitely recommend them for comfortable, decent priced trainers.

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      06.09.2014 11:59
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      • "Long lasting"
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      • " fruity smell"
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      Be Delicious - A Fruit Classy from DKNY

      I got this fragrance as part of a DKNY duo set with the pink one and I have to say that this green one is the one that I prefer. There have been a lot of different versions of the Be Delicious perfume over the years (red, pink, green, gold to name a few) but this is the one that I prefer.

      As you would imagine it is a very fruity fragrance, which is just up my street and makes it perfect for summer days when you want something light and fresh, that wont lay too heavily. It isn't really an evening fragrance I wouldn't say, because I think you need something heavier for that, but it is perfect for holidays. The overwhelming scent is of fresh apples - the smell you get when you cut an apple in half - but there are other notes of white amber, rose and violet to stop you smelling like a fruit salad when you wear it!

      The bottle is the iconic apple shape and is quite round and compact, which makes it ideal for carrying around in your hand bag. The bottle has a pump action spray in the top and it is not one that requires a lid or can be pressed accidentally so, again is ideal for travelling.

      The perfume costs around the £35 mark for a 30ml bottle which I don't think is bad value really for a designer fragrance. I find that it lasts well too because you don't need a lot of it to get an all day smell, which is good.

      Overall I would recommend the fragrance. It has stood the test of time, having been first introduced almost ten years ago, and you can see why. It is good value for money, smells lovely and is not too overpowering.

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      06.09.2014 11:34
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      Asda's Good Value Version of Hayfever and Allergy Tablets

      I only have mild hayfever and allergies, so I don't like to spend a lot on tablets, which is why I tend to go for own brand ones rather than the big name ones. I have never had a problem with own brand ones and find that especially for the price, they are much better value for money and just as effective. I usually get Tesco ones, but tried the Asda ones this time.

      They come in a different box to the one shown in the picture. Now they feature the green and white that Asda seem to favour. I can't imagine this makes any difference at all to the product. They box contains 14 tablets and costs 90p. The idea is that you take them once a day for two weeks.

      I find that they are very good and help me no end. When summer comes I tend to have a permanent sniffle if I don't take anything, but two weeks of these tablets cured me of that. They are very small and so are easy to take with a bit of water. As with most tablets, it is recommended you take them with food. I skipped this a couple of times and had no adverse side effects. The box doesn't say anywhere whether or not they are non drowsy, but I didn't have any experience of drowsiness whilst I took them, so I guess they are non drowsy.

      In terms of value for money these are very good, costing less than a third of the big name equivalent and doing exactly the same job as far as I can tell. I would never go back to branded ones because they just aren't worth the extra cost in my eyes and I would definitely recommend this version from Asda.

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      22.08.2014 10:46
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      An Excellent Telling Of The Harry Potter Books

      Unless you have been living under a rock for the last decade, you will have heard of JK Rowling's series of books about the boy wizard Harry Potter. This is the first book in the series and is an audio version read by the inimitable Stephen Fry. I am a massive fan of both Harry Potter and Stephen Fry, so this is very much a match made in heaven for me.

      The story is exactly the same as you would find in the standard written version of the book; it is unabridged, so there is nothing missing. The story follows Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry including his forming of friendships and meeting the dark wizard who made him an orphan when he was a baby.

      The audio production is great. It is very much made great by Stephen Fry who not so much reads the story as acts it using his voice. He is perfect for the role. He has a soothing and clear voice that is suited wonderfully to this book which can and should be enjoyed by children and adults alike. He reads slowly and clearly enough that anyone can enjoy it, without it being too slow and laborious for more advanced readers, as it were.

      When I say he acts with his voice, I mean that he gives characters their own personalities through their voices and brings to life JK Rowling's intentions perfectly. I read the written books before listening to the audio ones and somehow Fry has made them sounds like they did in my own head, which is just fabulous.

      The thing I love most about the production here is that it is purely storytelling and they don't try to dress it up with sound effects and background music like some productions do. The story and the teller are both excellent at what they do and there is no need for any extras. It is good to see that the producers of the audiobook have recognised this and left them to it.

      The only thing that has stopped me from giving it the full five stars is the fact that Fry is still finding his feet a bit in this book and so some of the voices are a little irritating in that they are very childish. Having said that, the main characters are only eleven so it probably makes sense. I find Hermione's voice a little grating and Harry's a little too high pitched in this book and the voices are less irritating in the later books.

      Don't let that put you off though, because the audio books are a great way of enjoying the Harry Potter books and are an excellent example of storytelling at its best. Definitely recommended for young and old alike.

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      • Clarks Arista Abe / Shoes / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        06.08.2014 23:01
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        Plain Navy Court Shoes

        I have to wear navy blue court shoes for work and it is the bane of my life having to find them because so few people stock navy blue shoes, let alone ones that fit the strict guidelines that my work impose upon us. Fortunately these ones by Clarks do fit all the criterea in that they are navy blue court shoes that are totally plain in every way!

        I bought these the year before last. When I wear shoes to work, I have to admit that they get beaten up something chronic and generally only last a season. These ones lasted a little more than eight months, which is actually very good despite how little that might sound. I was really pleased with the durability of them and the fact that they still looked fairly new for quite a long while with only a little bit of polish here and there. The heals lasted well on them too. I often find that I have to get the heels on my shoes replaced at least once during a season, but these lasted the whole time which is nothing short of a miracle in my opinion.

        The look of them is quite stylish. I can't get excited about them because they are what they are, which is very plain, navy blue courts shoes. Having said that they do have a nice kitten style heel and a trendy rounded toe. The shoes are comfortable to wear too, which is what you expect from the Clarks brand.

        The only thing that I am not so keen on is the price. As you can imagine with having to buy the shoes so often, I don't like to spend a lot of money on them. At just over forty pounds a pair, these are more than I usually like to pay. I got them in the sale for thirty pounds and I think for that money I would recommend them.

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      • 3 Pr Winnie The Pooh Socks / Clothing / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        06.08.2014 22:46
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        Winnie The Pooh Socks - Cute and Good Value

        I got these socks for a birthday present a couple of years ago. I have to admit that, despite being perhaps too old to, I still love Winnie the Pooh and Winnie the Pooh themed things. In fact I think more of my socks have Winnie the Pooh characters on that don't.

        This set or some of my favourites for a few reasons. Firstly they are pink themed. I am not a particularly girly girl but the colour of these suits the theme of the socks and the pictures that they have on them. They have Eeyore and piglet on who are both pinky coloured characters, so match the colours perfectly.

        Secondly, the socks are really cute and have good pictures on them. Sometimes you get cheap versions and the pictures aren't good but these are very good and quite bold so that they are immediately recognisable.

        The socks fit well and are very comfortable. They aren't too tight around the ankle either as some socks can be, although I have had no problems with them satying up when I am wearing them. I have had them a couple of years and they are still as good as new despite two years of heavy duty wear and heavy duty washing!

        I would definitely recommend them. They are available for around eight pounds for the set of three pairs of socks so they aren't too expensive and are good value for money, especially for Disney branded items. They would make an excellent gift idea - I certainly enjoyed receiving them as a gift!

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      • Hooded Parka Jacket / Clothing / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        06.08.2014 22:32
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        Next Parka - Great for Most Seasons

        I bought this parka from Next at the beginning of summer. It cost sixty pounds and was and is available in black and green. I have the green one and i absolutely love it. It is the perfect jacket for those spring summer and autumn days when the weather is too cool to go without a coat, but it is not cold enough for a big thick coat.

        It is a pretty trendy coat and looks like a traditional parka jacket with a hood and tails at the back. I am generally a size 12 to 14 but the size 12 in this was a very comfortable fit so I would recommend going for the lower size if you are between sizes like me. It is adjustable at the waist too which makes the fit even better and gives it a really nice shape when you are wearing it.

        The material is waterproof which is excellent for the UK weather and it has a light cotton lining which does an excellent job of keeping you warm or cool as necessary. It zips up all the way to the neck and has buttons as well so it can be very cosy if it is a little bit windy.

        The only thing that I don't like about it is that hood is not adjustable so when it is windy it doesn't stay up which can be pretty annoying.

        Apart from that, I would highly recommend this jacket for it versatility and decent value for money.

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        20.07.2014 09:31
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        • "Strap breaks easily"
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        Sekonda Watch - Not Worth The Money

        I have been through some watches at work. I have to wear a plain black one at all times and so I have tried a few different kinds. I always find that Sekonda ones are the best because I don''''t like to spend too much because they do get battered and bruised. This one was a little bit more than I usually pay and to be honest, it probably wasn''''t worth the extra.

        The watch is extremely simple and classic in design in that it has a thin black, almost snakeskin effect strap, a small white face with gold surround and black numbers and a gold buckle. I hasten to add that neither of the gold bits are real gold, simply plated as you would expect for the price.

        The watch is quite comfortable to wear. I have very thin wrists so I struggle with larger watch faces and find that they can dig into my wrist. Not a problem with this one at all. I also find sometimes with cheap watches that the skin underneath can get a bit sweaty, but this doesn''''t seem to be a problem with this one.

        The watch is easy to use, just the one dial at the side for changing the time. It is easy to do this, although a little fiddly and the dial is pretty stiff for the first couple of times that you try to use it. It loosens up a bit over time and becomes much easier to manage.

        The watch strap isn''''t particularly good quality and I found that it wasn''''t very long before the shiny effect on the strap began to show signs of wear and tear by cracking which is obviously not good. I also lost one of the little loops that holds the strap in place quite soon after buying it, which was quite annoying.

        Overall I would probably give this watch a miss though because you can get very similar ones for a lot less money. This one cost me £25 but I have had a very similar one from Asda for £5 and the latter one lasted quite a bit longer actually. For the money, I don''''t think it is worth it really.

        Not recommended

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      • Essentials CBCONW10 / Oven / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        19.07.2014 09:52
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        Currys Essentials Oven - Great Budget Oven

        We bought this oven about six months ago when our previous once finally bit the dust after promising to for some time. We have a an inbuilt single oven and so were limited to what we could replace ours with and this one had surprisingly good reviews considering how cheap it is. We also struggled with choice because we needed a white one as we weren''''t planning to replace the hob top, which is white. We are generally pleased with our choice in this oven actually.

        There are many good things about it. Firstly the price is unbelievable. At a penny under a hundred pounds, it is by far and away the cheapest on the market. It is available from Currys both in store and online, although if you do the latter, you can end up paying more for the delivery and installation that the item itself. Hubby installed ours by himself and found that it was simple and easy to do and you don''''t need any specific qualifications. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, although installing was a two person job and a little bit fiddly, simply because it is an inbuilt oven.

        Other good things about the oven are the fact that it is plain and simple. So many of them these days look like works of art, this one looks like an oven. There are two dials on it and that is it, which makes it fantastically easy to use. There are quite a few functions on it that make it useful and the instruction manual that comes with it is very handy in this respect. For a budget option, there is plenty of space inside actually. Probably only really enough for a family of two or three, but the design of it means that the capacity is actually a lot bigger than others o the same size because it is quite deep. The oven comes with two trays - one a grill tray and the other a giant oven tray, that has a huge capacity.

        So, so far it sounds perfect, but there are some things that aren''''t quite so perfect about it. Firstly it smells pretty strong when it is new and for the first few cooking sessions. It is that smell of newness and it is strong. It does wear off after about five or six uses though and it gets noticeably better even after the first use. Secondly there is no clock on the front of this for timing which we have got round, but is a little inconvenient. Thirdly there is only one shelf in the oven plus the oven tray. I guess this makes two, but when I put a tray on top of the tray, I find that the food doesn''''t cook as well because of the circulation. Two actual shelves would have been more useful I think.

        Overall I would recommend this because it cooks well and is a bargain! Great budget cooker!

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        15.07.2014 13:20
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        Viva La Juicy - Floral and Fruity

        I work with perfumes, so I have a lot of them for different occasions. I am not a collector of bottles like some people, but I do get a lot of samples and so on. On of the ones I have is this Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. I''''ll be honest, Juicy Couture is not my thing at all, but this perfume is quite nice actually.

        The scent is what they call floral (they being the experts) but I think there is more than a hint of fruitiness to it. It has topnotes of wild berries and mandarin, the latter of which you can definitely smell because it has a citrus twist to it. I think this is what makes it a nice scent for me personally because otherwise I think it would be too flowery. The floral scent comes from the heart notes of gardenia, jasmine and honeysuckle. I honestly think that either of these things (the fruit or the floral) by themselves would be too much, but there is an almost perfect balance of the two to make quite a refreshing and nice fragrance.

        The fragrance is quite light and summery and very much a day one. I think it is a fragrance for a younger person as well if I am being honest. It would suit someone in their late teens or early twenties I would say, so it would make a perfect gift. I am ahem mid thirties ahem and I think it is possibly a bit too young for me, much as I am loathe to admit it!

        The bottle is very reminiscent of a sweet wrapper I would say, although I think it is designed to look like a traditional perfume bottle with the traditional glass stopper style top (although it is actually a standard squirty bottle). It is quite a nice bottle I suppose but it has a little pink bow on it that makes it look a little bit tacky actually I think! There are also a couple of little charms thrown in for good measure if that is your thing.

        The perfume hasn''''t got a lot of staying power I don''''t think. I can''''t really smell it any more after a couple of hours of using it and that makes it not particularly good value for money at around thirty five pounds a for a 30ml bottle. Not bad if you can get it discounted and would make a nice present for a younger person, but not the best in my opinion.

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          17.06.2014 00:27
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          Blingy Watch But Not For Me

          I have got to admit that this watch is not really my cup of tea because it is so blingy. I actually won it at work (pretty good prize actually), but I wouldn''t have chosen it for myself if I am being honest. Having said that, it is not the worst watch in the world, especially if you are into bling, without completely breaking the bank. The watch has a rhodium plated case and bracelet which is adorned with 579 Swarovski crystals and a mother of pearl face. It does look quite nice and it is much nicer on your wrist than it is in any picture. It is definitely a night time watch for when you are going out and I would certainly say it is not really suitable for every day wear. But it would look good with diamond or diamante jewellery on a night out. The thing I like about the watch is that it is small. I have very thin wrists and I often find that watches just look ridiculous on them because they are far too big. This is not the case with this one at all. I''d say that the face is about one and a half centimetres in diameter and the strap about a centimetre, maybe a little bit bigger but not much. It fits perfectly on small wrists but would stand out enough on bigger wrists that it would look odd. The watch costs about 120GBP although you can get it for less online and in duty free if you look hard enough. I would say that this is probably good value for money really because it is well made. I have had mine for over a year and it still looks exactly the same as when I got it and none of the crystals have fallen out. Overall I have given the watch three out of five because it is a nice watch, it is just not really the watch for me.

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          11.06.2014 11:19
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          Turtle Beach - Beautiful and Worth a Visit

          We recently got back from a week in Dalyan, Turkey and during our stay we visited Itzuzu beach, which is more affectionately known as Turtle Beach, thanks to the loggerhead and green turtles that nest there. The beach is well worth a visit if you are in the area because it really is beautiful and there is plenty to do when you get there.

          Getting there from Dalyan is easy because you can either get the Dolmus bus or the public boat, both of which are easy to find in the town. Both cost about a pound each way and I would recommend getting one one way and the other back, especially if you fancy a walk along the beach at the other end. They both drop off at opposite ends of the beach from each other though, so if you don't want the walk, then make sure you get a return ticket. In both cases you have to wait for them to fill up before they set off, but they generally go once every hour for the boat and once every half hour for the bus. The bus is smaller so fills up quicker, but if you get the boat bat, it tends to fill up much quicker at the other end. There is also the option of renting a private boat for the day but that is more expensive if there aren't many of you. We recently got back from a week in Dalyan, Turkey and during our stay we visited Itzuzu beach, which is more affectionately known as Turtle Beach, thanks to the loggerhead and green turtles that nest there. The beach is well worth a visit if you are in the area because it really is beautiful and there is plenty to do when you get there.

          When you get there, you'll find a cafe, toilets, showers and sunbeds at either end of the beach. The prices aren't the cheapest in the cafe because they have a captive audience, but you can get sandwiches, burgers, chips and so on. At the bus end of the beach is where you'll find the Turtle hospital, which is well worth a visit. It is free to enter although they do ask for a donation and one of the guides there (who are mainly university students volunteering) will talk to you about the turtles and answer any questions. Like I said, well worth going into.

          The views from the beach are absolutely outstanding. I thought it looked like somewhere in the Caribbean actually and half expected one of the pirate ships from Pirates of the Caribbean to come around the corner at any moment. Because it is a cove, it can get windy, but walking down the beach from one end to the other takes about an hour and is well worth it because it is so peaceful and beautiful.

          Overall definitely recommended.

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            10.06.2014 13:00
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            Smashbox Primer - Excellent

            I am new to the primer world. I was using Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, but found that it wasn't doing my skin any favours after a while, so I thought I would try this one by Smashbox that comes complete with rave reviews all over the internet. It seems that this is with good reason. The 30ml bottle costs twenty five pounds directly from the Smashbox website at the time of writing this review, although it is available in other places online for slightly less if you have the patience to look. I would definitely recommend the primer because I genuinely think it does an excellent job and that it is very good value for money. It may seem expensive on the face of it because it is a small bottle and it is pricey, but you only need to use a tiny amount each time because a little goes a long way. I have found that it really does make my make up stay on much longer too, which means I don't need to reapply it through the day (thus saving more money in the long term.) The cream is easy to get out of the squeezy bottle and you don't end up getting too much out at once because it is easily regulated thanks to the tiny hole in the top. The primer is not at all oily, although I would recommend giving it a quick shake before use, especially the first time when the primer seems to separate due to not being used. I think the cream works wonders as well even if you are not putting makeup over the top because it really does give you silky smooth skin, which you can feel as soon as you apply it. Also I do think it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines (only fine ones though to be fair) because it seems to fill them in straight away. Absolutely recommend as a good value beauty essential.

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