Know Your Ingredients: Acetylated Palm Kernel Glycerides

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What it is
Acetylated palm kernel glycerides is an acetyl ester of palm kernel glycerides.

What it does
Acetylated palm kernel glycerides is an emollient that makes skin soft and smooth.
It is also used to thicken the texture of cosmetics.

Side effects
Acetylated palm kernel glycerides is generally considered to be safe.

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Latest Hair Obsession: Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner

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It is rare for a conditioner to attract my eye. I just find hair care products terribly boring (probably because my straight, flat hair is terribly boring) and usually just pick up what’s cheaper at the drugstore.

But when I heard about Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, I was instantly intrigued. One of the key ingredients is baobab oil, something I had never come across in cosmetics before.

And, unlike most of its rivals that add “key ingredients”, especially the uncommon ones, in minuscule amounts just for marketing purposes, Sienna Naturals has put quite a lot of baobab oil into this conditioner. It takes third place on the ingredient list!

It’s refreshing to find a brand that believes so much in an ingredient to use it so abundantly. But is it worth it? Does baobab oil do anything for hair? Let’s see what the science says:

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Are You Exercising The Wrong Way?

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I was very active as a child. Running, cycling, rollerblading, volleyball… Every day brought endless opportunities to run around somewhere with my friends and move my body. I didn’t care about how I looked, how red my face became and how my messy my hair got. All that exercise was so much fun. I loved it.

But, when I hit puberty, something changed. Exercise became a chore. Something I had to do to slim my fat thighs and waist and get rid of the cellulite that had quickly become to take over my body. Something I had to do alone, because I was ashamed to let other people see how awful I looked all huffed and puffed.

I went through days when I would really push myself. No pain, no gain, right? My body wasn’t tired, just lazy, right? I could do an extra mile of running, or ten more push-ups, right? And so I did. And, afterwards, I would feel so awful. Both physically and mentally drained.

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Add Some Bounce To Your Lifeless Hair With Osmo Extreme Volume Root Lifter

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Name: Extreme Volume Root Lifter
Brand: Osmo
Size: 250ml
Price: £10.00

From the packaging:
Achieve noticeable body and fullness where you need it most with Extreme Volume Root Lifter. This weightless formula with extracts of Soybean Oil and Rice Protein fortifies the hair and encourages volume for long-lasting bouncy results.

What I liked:
– adds some volume to hair
– holds hair in place for most of the day
– hair doesn’t feel too crunchy (unless you apply too much)
– easy to use

What I didn’t like:
– if you expect miracles, you’ll be disappointed by the somewhat natural result

Popular haircare brand Osmo has recently revamped its volumizing range. And I like it a lot. The shampoo removes all buildup from my hair, and the conditioner nourishes it with a weightless formula that doesn’t leave a heavy residue on my scalp. This dual action allows them to give my hair its natural volume back.

But that’s not much. My hair is fine and limp, and always needed a lot of help in the volumizing department. Shampoos and conditioners help, but it’s volumizing styling products that make the biggest difference. And that’s why the Extreme Volume Root Lifter is my favourite product in the range.

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The Myth Of The Base Tan, Debunked!

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It’s that time of the year. Time to pack your bags and head out to the beach, where you can relax with your friends and swim in clear blue waters. But you are as pale as a ghost. You don’t want to get a sunburn. That’ll spoil your holiday.

You’ve heard that a base tan can prevent that from happening, so, before leaving, you book a couple of sessions at your local tanning salon. Now you’ll be able to soak up the sun and enjoy yourself without worrying about sun damage.

Or so the myth goes. The reality is very different.

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick In Red Amour Is A Total Magnet (Both For Hearts And Fingertips)

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Name: Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour
Brand: Laura Mercier
Size: 4g
Price: £21.00

From Laura Mercier’s website:
A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure Olive Oil and Vitamin E nourish lips. Longwearing formula (6 hours to 8 hours), does not bleed or feather; does not dry or fade; does not set into lip lines.

What I liked:
– bright warm red
– very pigmented
– feels comfortable on
– longlasting

What I didn’t like:
– texture isn’t as creamy as other high-end lippies (but I’m nitpicking)
– packaging is a magnet for fingertips

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour is a total magnet. Both for hearts and fingertip. The sleek, shiny tube attracts them like crazy. If you’re a stickler for cleanliness, beware. This will annoying the hell out of you. But if you are willing to put up with that, prepare to fall in love.

Although it is described as a true, neutral red, Red Amour is warm-toned, and so more flattering on warm complexions. It’s also vibrant. Very shiny. And as juicy as a ripe tomato. It’s the perfect red for the hot season. It goes well with a tan and makes your pout stand out.

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