Woman uses codes printed on make-up in Poundland to work out how old it really is

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Who doesn’t love picking up a bargain, and what better place to do that than in Poundland, where pretty much everything is priced at £1.

But while it’s easy to get carried away filling your basket up with everything from candles to cleaning products, there are some items you might want to double-check before buying.

TikTok user Holly Vlogs has gone viral on the social media platform after sharing a video all about the make-up for sale in Poundland reports The Daily Star.

In the clip, the bargain shopper explains the quick and easy way she uses codes on the back of products to check how old they are.

She explains: “This is how you check how old Poundland make-up is.

“Go to checkcosmetic.net on your phone, locate the product code on your make-up.

“Select the brand then enter the code.”

Holly shows an example by testing out the code on a bottle of Rimmel foundation, which the website tells her was made on November 14, 2016.

More than two million people have viewed Holly’s TikTok, with over 201,000 people liking it.

Many were shocked by how old the foundation was.

One person commented: “I think we all needed to see this.”

“I love that I’m about to check the age of all my make-up with this,” admitted someone else.

A third wrote: “We have been scammed.”

“How did we not know this,” asked a different user.

However, not everyone was concerned by the codes, as they said the make-up was still safe to use as long as it hadn’t been opened.

Another person pointed out that you have 12 months to use most products once they’ve been opened. They said: “I work in a beauty department and make-up won’t expire if it’s not open. On back of products should be pot with lid type thing and they should say 12.”

“It doesn’t matter as long as it’s not been open… that’s when the expirations start,” added a second.

Holly agreed that make-up doesn’t expire until after it’s been opened, but added in the comments: “I always check as I find products like foundation lose quality over time”.