Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sure Maximum Protection For Moments That Matter


What a week I have had, full of highs and lows I can tell you!

The team from Sure Maximum Protection got in touch and asked me to document moments that matter to me and very kindly sent a sample of  Sure Maximum Protection and a box full of items to help me with those moments...

Whilst I didn't have any one particular 'special' occasion, I did have plenty of days where having maximum protection was essential, truth be told every day is a moment that matters to me, so I was relieved to have a deodorant that I could rely on. I normally use Dove Maximum Protection and I was a little nervous switching.

My week involved a press day up in London - although the weather was not as warm as it has been, the tube is still pretty hot and sweaty, I could feel my face sweating but my body was as cool as a cucumber and dry too, thank you Sure!

When I was up in London I took the opportunity to have a look around the streets behind Oxford St and Regent St. Heading past the London Palladium, finding my way to Liberty London and their wonderful floral displays and finally on to buzzing Carnaby Street. If you are in London, look up and marvel at the architecture and the intricacy of the the buildings - I found this amazing clock with the words 'No minute gone comes ever back again, take heed and see ye nothing do in vain' on an arch bridge by Liberty London. Wise words, pretty apt I think!

I attended the opening of the Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop Pop-Up Store which involved more tube travel, rushing to get there in time and standing under hot lights.

I met up with friends for a day out and we enjoyed some ice cool coffee drinks from Starbucks. Another day involved a play date with friends and our kids, I took the opportunity to have a go on the trampolines. It has been many years since I have done that :) Such fun.

No week is complete without spending some quality time with my adorable husband and inspired by the red lippie in the box I insisted we had a date night (not forgetting the tics tacs!, all fitted nicely in my black sequin bag. We also went to the cinema and caught a showing of the Summer comedy hit 'The Inbetweeners 2'. I didn't know that Cineworld now allocates your seats and so the whole front section was empty whilst we were all sat in the middle section, on top of each other. One man was obviously on a date as he had so much aftershave on, it enveloped my airspace...

Sadly my documented week hasn't had such a glamorous ending to it, life doesn't work like that does it?

The last few days have been spent caring for my 6yr old son who has been really quite poorly with a sickness bug. He has barely been able to keep water down and I have been stressed out worrying about him and not sleeping myself.  I will admit to getting really tearful and all emotional (I blame the lack of sleep!) so I dug out the Lavender and Lime Lily Flame candle that promised to float the day away and the bottle of Bach Rescue Rememdy and took the opportunity in a brief lull of the storm to calm and relax myself, before it all started up again (which it did).

I had no idea how good Bach Rescue Remedy was, it helped that night and I took it again the next morning, I was able to take on the day with renewed life and resilience in me. So good.

So there it is, whether it was for Work, Leisure or Pleasure -Sure Maximum Protection was a reliable deodorant and frankly in the Summer that is standard requirement, so full marks that it was as good as my usual deodorant and it had a clean, fresh scent that I really liked.

Have you tried it ?

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Review


YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat is one of my all time favourite foundations for the appearance of naturally beautiful skin -you can read my review of it here, so when I heard that YSL were bringing out a new foundation I hot footed it down to my nearest YSL counter and picked up a sample.

Luckily many of the shades of new YSL Fusion Ink Foundation are the same as LTTE so it was easy to do a direct colour match. Originally I had BD20 but earlier this year when I bought a YSL lipstick the counter asst popped a couple of samples of BD40 and I preferred this for Summer as it is slightly warmer. Without me saying a word the counter assistant this time even suggested BD40 of the new foundation (gosh they are good!)

YSL say

FEELS LIKE A FEATHER. WEARS LIKE AN INK. NO MORE COMPROMISE. 24 hours of soft-matte perfection and comfort. Our exclusive fine-as-ink formula perfects the skin yet wears weightlessly all day. Never cakey or heavy. Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom. SPF 18. Available in 16 shades.

Swatch of YSL Fusion Ink Foundation BD40 



My thoughts 

One thing I learnt was that the product separates so you must shake well to avoid just a watery liquid being dispensed. I find the foundation to be really runny, far runnier than LTTE and super light. I use my fingers to apply and blend and it does take a lot of effort to get an even and smooth application which surprised me. However, once blended it looks fabulous, even and flawless. I would say the coverage is medium and any major flaws will need a separate concealer (I like Estee Lauder's Double Wear Concealer)

The finish is matte but not at all dull, in fact my mum said I looked quite radiant and dewy when I was wearing it! Personally, I think it has a slight powdery finish but what this does mean is that it has superb staying power, taking you literally from day to night with no reapplication or even touch ups needed and it still looks as fresh as the moment you applied.

I tried it with a few different primers just to see if there was a difference in finish. I loved how much easier it was to apply, literally glided over my skin and the glow provided when wearing Clarins Flash Beauty Balm underneath.

Another bonus of this foundation is that it does photograph beautifully in different lights which you will see from the pics below.

Wearing YSL Fusion Ink Foundation BD40





YSL Fusion Ink Foundation £30.50

Monday, 18 August 2014

Inside The August Glossybox 2014 - Glossybox is 3!


It is hard to believe that globally Glossybox has turned 3, the concept of having beauty products delivered to your door monthly is hugely popular and it seems, certainly for now, that this enthusiasm shows no sign of abating.

I get very excited when my postman knocks with this monthly box and this month it was no different.. The outer carton this month was black and glossy with a pink bow as shown in the pics above. The actual box has had a little redesign and is not glossy and more box shaped. As ever the items were wrapped up with a bow, this time it was a smart black colour. Very pretty.

However, what is really important is the contents and this month, I personally was not disappointed. Every single item will be used.

A closer look at the contents


So the highlight for me is the Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere FULL SIZE £12.95

Readers of BeautySwot.com will know I pretty much wear a highlighter every day so I cannot wait to wear this one. No glitter, just a beautiful natural shade cream highlighter for a velvety gleam.

Comfort Zone Essentials Cleansing Milk FULL SIZE 250ml £20

I have just finished my cleanser and although I have a few others to work through I don't have a cleansing milk so will be interested in giving this a go and discovering a new brand at the same time.

Figs & Rouge Mini Hand Cream 20ml (full size 80ml £6.95)

I can always do with a new hand cream and this one from Figs & Rouge is a fruity affair, now I am not a major fruit scent fan but this Mango and Mandarin one isn't bad at all, not overpowering and quite refreshing. The 20ml size is ideal to pop in my handbag.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml (full size 250ml £38)

I was pretty sure that this has already appeared in a previous Glossybox so I checked back to find that yes my memory was correct, this appeared in November 2011. OK it was ages ago but it seems I hadn't forgotten ;-) Philip Kingsley is also celebrating this year, 40 years of Elasticizer so the tie in is rather nice.

Anyway, my hair is in need of a good condition so this will be used up..just need to find a spare 20mins!

Lalique L'Amour EDP 2ml (full size 50ml £67)

Now I know that perfume samples of this size are not always appreciated but this is a really gorgeous scent and it does come with a hefty price tag...so in this case I think it was worth popping in the box. L'Amour is a truly sensational soft floral perfume with a hint of tea about it with the inclusion of Bergamot. It also features top notes of rosebuds, floral white heart notes and a musk base. Addictive.

Finally, a little birthday bonus

Yves Rocher Pink Nail Polish 3ml FULL SIZE £3.60

This dinky bottle contains a pretty creamy pink shade called Rose, it is very similar to a tea rose lipstick shade. I love it as a nudey easy to wear shade, you can see me wearing it in the top pic. I needed two coats to achieve opacity and smooth application. The brush is tiny but on my small nails it was ideal.

Final thoughts

This month my box was really rather good, excellent value with 3 full sized products and ALL the products will be used.

The August Birthday GLOSSYBOX is £10 (+P&P) and will be available throughout August 2014 from www.glossybox.co.uk while stocks last.

*PR Sample

Sunday, 17 August 2014

MAC Russian Red Lipstick



I have fallen in love with a full on true red lipstick - MAC Russian Red is an intensely pigmented blue toned red. It complements my complexion so beautifully it literally lights up my face.

Although it is described as a matte shade I find it to be creamy to apply and personally I don't find it to be drying to my lips but my lips are in very good condition.

For me, confidence has come with age and I have worn red lipstick more times this year than all the other times in my life put together!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Daisy Marc Jacobs Pop Up Tweet Shop London



Imagine a shop where social media not money is 'currency' ... well now you don't have to as it has arrived! Marc Jacobs have created a pop up Tweet Shop in London's Covent Garden and last night I got a chance to preview how it works.




Open from the 15-17th August, Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop tells you to leave your money at home and make sure you bring your phone instead. In this store tweets using the hashtag #MJDAISYCHAIN will get you the chance of gifts of deluxe perfume samples, cute key rings and Marc Jacobs manicures. In a beautiful Daisy designed store you can enjoy drinks, sit on a swing, enjoy music and more. However, that is not all, the most creative tweets will win Marc Jacobs merchandise.








For someone who is a bit of a twitter addict this is just up my street, what a treat. Here is a little teaser video for you to watch



A shop with a social twist, I hope other brands jump on board!

The Marc Jacobs Pop Up Tweet Shop is open from 15-17th August at 4 East Piazza, Covent Garden

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash


When life gives you lemons... have a bath!

This is a delightful citrus lemon scented body wash that brings a bit of uplifting zing to mornings with essential oils of May Chang and Lemon.

Leaves skin soft, cleansed and delicately scented.

Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash 200ml £4.45 

www.graftonsbeauty.co.uk

*PR Sample

Impulse Vanilla Kisses - 90's Throwback


The early 90's what a time they were! I was in my teens, I wore scrunchies in my hair, I consumed far too much chocolate, the Spice Girls were top of the charts with their brand of Girl Power and no school bag was complete without a can of Impulse. It was a teen essential and at break times the toilets were a heady mix of Impulse scents.

Roll on to 2014 and one of the Impulse favourites has returned - Vanilla Kisses. Complete with new packaging and a new improved scent, this is a modern take on the classic. It has been formulated with real perfume oil to ensure the scent lasts longer and boasts fruity top notes of fresh apple and peach.

The result is a delicious and addictive Vanilla scented Body Spray. It smells so good that it puts a smile on my face when I apply it.. My teens were pretty good and this little throwback is a delight.

I predict a top seller in Vanilla Kisses

Impulse Vanilla Kisses 75ml £1.99

*PR Sample

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