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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Are They Dupes?: Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector VS Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

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Have you jumped on the blur cream bandwagon yet? These supposedly miracle products seem to be everywhere at the moment. They claim to blur out all our imperfections with the help of revolutionary ingredients, but that’s mainly marketing spiel. The truth is more mundane. They are hardly innovative, and you don’t need to spend a fortune for one.

Don’t believe me? Let’s compare Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector with Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, which costs half as much:

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Product Review: Osmo Extra Volume Conditioner

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Name: Extra Volume Conditioner
Brand: Osmo
Size: 400ml
Price: £7.00

From the packaging:
Designed to create noticeable body, shine, and volume in limp, lifeless hair. This weightless conditioner utilises the strengthening properties of Soybean Oil and Rice Protein to gently hydrate the hair. Targets dehydrated areas while thickening each hair strand for full and bouncy results.

What I liked:
– lightweight, provides volume by not leaving any buildup residue behind
– makes hair soft, shiny, and easy to untangle
– right consistency, not too thick nor too thin
– subtle, lovely scent

What I didn’t like:
– if you expect the conditioner to give you a lot of volume immediately, you’ll be disappointed

Last week I introduced you to Osmo Extra Volume Shampoo for limp and lifeless hair, a volumising shampoo that allows me, even in windy London, to go a couple of days without washing my mane. It’s now time to talk about the shampoo in the same range.

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Product Review: Benefit Posie Balm

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Name: Posie Balm
Brand: Benefit
Size: £14.50
Price: 3g

From Benefit’s website:
A perfect pucker! Posiebalm conditions & hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate. This poppy-pink tinted kiss of sheer, buildable color gives you the softest, prettiest lips.

What I liked:
– moisturizing
– sheer colour payoff makes it very versatile
– creamy texture glides on smoothly
– doesn’t feel sticky not heavy on the lips

What I didn’t like:
– you need to layer it for the colour to show up
– lasts only about 1 hour or so on the lips
– pricey

Mini sizes are called mini for a reason. They are supposed to give you a taste of what a lippie or cream can do, wetting your appetite just enough for you to cave in, and rush to the nearest counter to buy the full size. Sure, we’d all love it if they were bigger, but then brands are in the business of making money, not charity giving. And there’s no denying mini sizes are a great way to attract new customers.

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Best Summer Buy: Dr Denese HydroShield Body Serum

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If you’re anything like me, you forget to take good care of your body until summer comes around. Then you’re left with dry, flaky skin, wondering how you can make it look soft and smooth again.

In winter, a good body butter will do the job, but they are too thick and greasy for summer. A lightweight body lotion would be better, but there is so much choice these days, it’s hard to choose one. And you don’t just want one, you want the best, right?

Well, I found a really good one that moisturizes skin well, and does a lot more too. It’s HydroShield Body Serum by Dr Denese New York. Here’s what makes it so awesome:

What Dr Denese New York Says

Drench your body in moisture and sooth dry, dehydrated skin. Formulated with our exclusive HydroShield technology to provide intense, long-lasting moisture. Light-weight serum instantly absorbs into the skin.

Ingredient Analysis



Retinol is one of the best skincare ingredients ever. It should be in every body lotion, yet it is so hard to find one that contains even just a smattering of it. This Body Serum contains plenty of it, which is the main reason why I love it so much. So, what’s so special about retinol?

It can boost collagen production, which helps keep skin firm and elastic. It can also help reduce wrinkes and discolourations caused by sun damage, so using it on exposed areas of the body is particularly important if you want your skin to stay younger-looking and healthier for longer.

Retinol improves the appearance of cellulite too. It does this by making skin look smoother. That’s it. It won’t get rid of cellulite (nothing can do that), but it makes it less obvious, which is the best any lotions and potions can do yet.



Ceramides are waxy lipids that naturally occur in our skin. Their job is to waterproof skin, creating a shield that prevents water from evaporating. This way, skin stays soft and moisturized. But that’s not all. Ceramides can also repair the skin’s protective barrier when it is broken. This helps treat dry skin and make your skin soft and smooth again.



This serum is silicone-based. I know many people don’t like that because they believe silicones prevent skin from breathing. But that’s nonsense. First of all, you can’t prevent skin from breathing. Skin doesn’t breathe. It can’t. It doesn’t have lungs.

Skin can, however, perspire. But silicones don’t prevent that either. They have a particular molecule structure, which is made of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. This allows the barrier they create to be protective but not suffocating.

So, what do silicones do? They give slip to a product, allowing it to glide on smoothly. They also fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller. And they make skin feel baby smooth to the touch.

Final Considerations On The Formula

In addition to silicones, retinol, and ceramides, Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum also contains a bunch of antioxidants, like tocopherol (vitamin e) and linoleic acid, that help fight free radicals, the main cause of premature ageing. Yep, antioxidants aren’t just for the face. Your body needs them too.

This serum has a lightweight texture that’s fairly moisturizing. Unless you have very dry skin. Then, this alone won’t be enough for you (although you can still use it for its anti-ageing benefits under your moisturizer).

But for everyone else, this is a wonderful serum to add to their skincare routine, especially now that summer’s here and we are all switching to lighter formulations. They’re usually enough for the warm season, when cold temperatures and hot baths don’t continuously dry out our skin.

Full Ingredient List

Hexamethyldisoloxane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ceramides, Retinol, Tocopherol, Linoleic Acid, Linolinic Acid, Octyl (Ethylhexl) Cocoate, Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean Seed Extract), Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower Seed Oil), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pollen Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Bioflavonoids) Peel Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol.


Dr Denese Hydroshield Body Serum is available at A 180ml bottle will set you back $39.00. Its pricey I know, but if you want to splurge, better do it on something that works. This does.

The Bottom Line

Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum is the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine. Lightweight and moisturizing, it keeps your skin soft and smooth, helps prevent premature ageing and repairs some of the damage caused by UV rays.

Have you ever tried Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum? What body lotion are you using at the moment?

Product Review: Osmo Extreme Volume Shampoo

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Name: Extreme Volume Shampoo
Brand: Osmo
Size: 400ml
Price: £7.00

From the packaging:
Designed to create noticeable body, shine and volume in limp, lifeless hair. This weightless formula utilises the strengthening properties of Soyben Oil and Rice Protein to gently cleanse and hydrate the hair, thickening each strand for full and bouncy results.

What I liked:
– cleanses hair well
– removes impurities that weight hair down, thus giving it a bit of volume
– doesn’t dry out hair nor irritates scalp
– texture is just right and spread easily
– smells lovely
– huge bottle, lasts for ages

What I didn’t like:
– if you expect the shampoo to give you a lot of volume on its own, you’ll be disappointed

I love living in London. The city is steeped in history and art. Parks and green areas where you can relax, exercise, and picnic with your friends, abound. The streets are lined with shops where you can buy anything you can think of, and more.

And don’t get me started about the food. There are all kinds of restaurants, pubs, cafés, and supermarkets that tempt you with their local or exotic, delicious offerings. Whether you crave some salty scones, a beefy kebab, or a plate of saucy spaghetti, you’ll easily find a place that’ll satisfy your hunger.

But as amazing as London is, it is causing havoc on my hair. Thin and straight, it has always lacked volume and bounce. Like that weren’t bad enough, it is also oily, so frequent washings are a must. But the spring winds and surprise showers London is famous for are making things worse (and thank goodness I moved at the end of spring!). Now I have to wash it daily.

At least I had to until Osmo Extreme Volume Shampooo landed on my desk. Pearly, clear white in colour, the shampoo has just the right consistency. It’s not thick but not runny, and it spreads easily on my scalp, removing dirt and other impurities without stripping too much of the oils that keep my hair naturally moisturized.

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This feat is due to the gentle blend of Sodium Laureth Sulfate (not to be confused with the harsher Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – they are two different substances!), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. They allow dirt, residue from styling products, and other crap to mix with water and then be rinsed away.

All that stuff (particularly styling product build-up) can weight hair down. By removing it, your hair will slightly gain in volume. Using it together with the other products in the range (the conditioner and root lifter) provides even better results in the volume department, as I’ll be showing you soon, so stay tuned!

The shampoo alone may not work miracles on hair volume alone, but it allows me to go a couple of days without washing my hair. It is so liberating not having to do it daily, especially because I like to air-dry it, which takes time.

Oh, and the scent! It’s clean and soapy, with a touch of flowers and a slight aquatic vibe that reminds me of Issey Miyake’s scents. It’s lovely, different from the usual floral scents used in shampoos, and longlasting. Although not too strong, you can smell it for hours on your hair.

The shampoo is housed in a bright blue bottle. It is identical to that of the conditioner, so you have to be careful and read the label while in the shower or you risk picking up the wrong bottle. But, apart from that, it is practical. The opening dispenses the right amount of product so there is no waste. And the bottle is huge, so it will last you for ages.

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-55, Glycol Distearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-10, Panthenol, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Glycine Soya, Lactic Acid, PCA, Serine, Alanine, Glycine, Proline, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Carnitine, Glutamic Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Gluconolactone, Oryza Sativa Extract, Phytic Acid, Oryza Sativa Seed Protein, Parfum, Limonene, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Choride, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Metabilsulfite

Available at: Hair Salons

Osmo Extreme Volume Shampoo cleanses hair well, gently removing all the dirt and impurities that weight your hair down, giving it its natural volume back. And it makes your hair smell gorgeous too.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.