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Monday, 31 August 2015

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm - Raspberry Ripple and Cherries Jubilee

There's one trend not going anywhere at the moment, and that's the seemingly never-ending launches of sheer lipstick formulations.  Now, don't get me wrong, I do like a sheer lip colour, but I also like a lot of pigment, and the two aren't always that compatible.  The new "creamy colourbalm" from Laura Mercier may have tickled my fancy, however.

Housed in the signature brown livery of the brand, the Lip Parfaits are rather slimmer than a normal Laura Mercier lipstick, but they do still contain 3.5g of product.

 One the left there is Raspberry Ripple (one of the least raspberry-looking colours I've ever seen frankly) and on the right is the glorious Cherries Jubilee.

On swatching, both shades are sheer, but not unpigmented, and that made me very happy.  Laura Mercier is the queen of bright but natural pinks and these colours (even the raspberry that is actually a nude) are both lovely.

The reason why I don't like unpigmented lipsticks is because I have naturally unevenly pigmented lips - something you'll see in more detail in another blog post later this week - Laura Mercier Lip Parfait in Raspberry Ripple, even though it is both quite sheer, and a pink-nude shade actually contains enough pigment to cover my my uneven lips, and be pink enough not to make me look like a corpse, too.  Hoorah!

Cherries Jubilee is a little sheerer in coverage, but the stronger shade also helps cover  up my naturally uneven pigment.  Both colours are glossy without being sticky, and I haven't had any problems with transfer or staining. They're unfragranced too, so that's nice.

Laura Mercier's Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms are available in 12 different shades, are in-store at SpaceNK, Selfridges and John Lewis now and will cost £19.50 each. 

The Fine Print: PR Sample

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Skincare of the Week 30 August 2015


You'll notice a certain "samieness" about my skincare routines this week, mainly because I am trying the new Zelens serums, and that means sticking to things I know.  But a couple of exciting new things have popped up too, so I'll show you those as well.

The Oskia Perfect Cleanser is one of my favourites (and was another cleanser that I was hoarding the very last bits of, but I thought it was time to dig it back out and enjoy it.  Used alongside the Clarins Gentle Exfoliant and Bioderma Crealine spray it's a lovely rich balm that left my skin nice and soft and ready for the Intense Defence Serum from Zelens.

Shopping my stash again meant my Oskia (now nearly empty!) Renaissance Gel made another re-appearance this week.  I'm going to need to replace this, it's really lovely.

This was my routine on a day when I needed some brightness - I was tired and feeling like crap as a result - so I swapped out the Zelens Intense Defence for Zelens Z Luminous and added in the Vichy Idealia Life Serum (which has wonderful pigments for a real glow - but sadly also contains a lot of fragrance, stupid in a range for sensitive skin) and some Suti Coconut and Rose moisturiser to give a real nourishing boost.

Two new products arrived too this week, the Omorvicza Blue Diamond Eye Cream (the beauty of the bottle made me squee a little bit, I'm very sad like that), and the Josie Maran Argan Milk, which I bought after being impressed with the Bright and Beautiful TSV from QVC recently.  It comes highly praised all over as a hydrating treatment but I'm reserving judgement for a while as I've only used it once.

A (rare) night out on Saturday meant a trip back to brightening and softening, so I began my routine with Sunday Riley Charisma Creme, and tried out the Josie Maran Milk.  

I think this was my favourite routine of the week though, beautiful-scented cleanse with the Omorovicza, Clarins Gentle Exfoliation, Zelens Intense Defence, the Bioderma Crealine, the Omorovicza Blue Diamond cream - which I can't deny I'm bitterly disappointed that it's a white cream, and not blue like the bottle suggests, dammit - and the Suti Coconut and Rose face cream.

I'll have more in-depth analysis of a few of these products soon, but in the meantime, what's been on your face this week?

The Fine Print: Mixture of PR samples and purchases.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Josie Maran Bright and Beautiful Collection

You know those nights when you're accidentally awake at 4am and find yourself mindlessly perusing QVC?  Well that happened last week, and two days later, I found the Josie Maran Bright and Beautiful TSV (today's special value) on my doorstep.  I've been pretty impressed actually, and thought you might like to see it too.  Click to read more:


Thursday, 27 August 2015


Nailbrushes.  They're not really the sexiest of products on the planet, are they? I think every household has one gently mouldering on the side of the kitchen sink, very rarely used, and unloved.  Bruzz aims to change all that.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Library of Fragrance: Gin and Tonic and Fresh Laundry

Having parosmia makes you paranoid about being smelly.   I'm clean, don't get me wrong, but having a nose that interprets smells incorrectly (and sometimes not at all) can make you worry about the oddest things.  I was a huge fan of Demeter Laundromat back in the day, and the first thing I did when I heard they were being re-released as the Library of Fragrance in the UK was check that Laundromat was in the line up.  It was, but is now called Fresh Laundry, and no one is happier about that than I am...

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