Saturday, 28 April 2012

Miss Jones has 'Incredible Body'

Sadly not my actual body, those words will never be at the top of the list when describing that but thanks to Umberto Giannini I can confidently use them to describe my hair.

The last post talked all my lovely readers through my blonde to 'bronde' transition and how I was so over being a "bright" blonde. Well guess what guys in true Jones style my mind changes like the weather and my hair has been restored to it's rightful shade of almost platinum. 

I was sent some products to try during my 'transition' from the lovely PR team at Umberto Giannini but could not give my full review until I was happy with the shade of my hair. 

Umberto Giannini have teamed up with the gorgeous Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh to launch The Incredible Body range. As you can see she lives up to the role in every sense, and has her very own beauty blog here 

The range claims to give weightless body while enhancing hold and flexible volume with a healthy shine for full luscious hair
  • Volume shampoo £5.29 
  • Volume conditioner £5.29
  • Volume mousse £5.49
  • Volume blow dry spray £5.49
  • Old school setting lotion for big hair £5.49
  • Full volume hairspray £5.49
  • Root boost volume spray £5.49
Available Nationwide at all Boots stores and Umberto Giannini Salons.

In my opinion Umberto Giannini are at the top of their game when it comes to salon quality products. The re-branding and sleek packaging makes them the stand out choice by far compared to their competitors in similar price ranges (Toni and Guy it's time you had a re-think *boreville*)

I have been using the Volume Mousse which claims to give a lasting hold using Polymer resins which lift and thicken the hair whilst providing shine. 

I love it!

I need to use a mousse to make sure my hair does not go greasy within hours of washing, even with having bleach on my hair it can get greasy because it is so fine. It definitely feels thicker, dried better and does not feel at all crunchy or sticky which sadly is a major flaw for most 'volume inducing products'. It also smells lovely - kind of fruity, I feel that it did inject some shine which is a definite bonus for blondes!

I also used the root boost spray and it does what it says on the tin. It is far superior to the Backcomb in a bottle which for me was a little tricky to use. Rather than provide a matte scruffy big hair look it gave more of a gel in a bottle crunchy 90's look. Root boost does what I wanted Backcomb in a bottle to do so if any of you were underwhelmed by the Glam Hair range try this!

I used both products last night ready for a night on the town where I strongly rely on heavy duty hair products to keep my hair from flopping after one pitcher of woo woo.

Que images complete with flattering Jim jams.
Directly after blow dry there is a distinct difference to what it usually looks like after I blow dry my hair  and an added shine which is very hard for blondes to achieve

Finished result - I know to those of you have a mane of thick hair you will be thinking so what? But trust me if  I used nothing it would look like I had 3 strands of hair. I tend to rely on curling my hair to create the illusion of body but thanks to  Mr Umberto I felt adequately equipped to hit the town! 

Final word - 10/10, I can't wait to try the setting lotion and blow dry spray to see if they are as fabulous as these.

I am now off to watch the Voice allowing myself to enjoy Jessie's make up and allowing myself to swoon over Mr O'Donoghue.

Love and Hungover Hugs

Miss Jones 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Hello again....I'm back with a rara'ramble hair post!

The last post was way back in August which as you can see had a whole summer vibe to it. Bronzers galore and corals for the lips. My how a change of season can alter ones look.

I've had a break which I feel I should explain...*adopts serious expression* well you see the thing is, I quite literally got sick to the back teeth of make up. Whether it be wearing, doing others, reading, buying or reviewing. I just felt all 'meh' about it.

This also coincided with my job role changing and more demanding hours so a result Miss Jones faded into a non entity. These past few weeks I have been quite literally chomping at the bit to get something down on my lil page. Miss Jones may be a bit of a tard on the post updates but she does know a good product when she sees one. Also a LOT of my friends and family send me messages asking certain things about the best this or that and it makes me realise that us girls all have things to share on the quest for beauty. I know I for one love finding a new must have and I have a few months worth of 'buys' to get through.

I'm going to start this post with my new 'do. I have been pretty much every shade of blonde...see images

Dark blonde as Twiggy Link Here

Platinum for Gothic Link Here

Flirty seasonal Lo-Lights

Messy Blonde with roots on purpose *honest*

Back to Platinum for summer

More ladylike lo's..are you seeing a pattern?

And currently I am a....Bronde???
Ignore the awkward angle, the cheesy passenger seat shot and the large bag handle. This is the truest representation in daylight of a brown base with highlights

And the loose curled version

So as you can see my hair has been on many a journey and that's just the blond route! I felt I needed a change and my major reasons were:

1. To promote growth and regain condition lost from over processing

2. Appear slightly more 'sophisticated' although I tell myself I am still 19 in fact I am 26! 

3. I enjoy wearing dark tan, heavy make up and 'feminine' some may say *cough* slutty clothes and sadly doing all of this whilst being very blonde does give out a certain 'message' or stereotype, whether that be right or wrong. Therefore over the next few months you will see me deep conditioning the locks to build them back up and make the most of being able to wear a darker palette of colour. MAC Dubbonet finally feels like it will belong..yay!

So the point of this post was this...a new hair finishing find from the pound shop!! I wish I had bought all of them for one measly pound this is fantastic! As I'm working towards long luscious silky shiny locks, this fakes me till I get there. One spritz and bye bye fly aways hello sleek tresses, it also smells lovely.  I use a tiny spritz once hair is curled then brush through for a natural look.

Quite a ramble, she doesn't say a word for months then you cant shut her up ;)

PS. I recently put myself on a Nail polish ban..Its working out well...NOT!  Oops..Blame Topshop sale. Expect an array of NOTD shots so I can justify buying these 6 spanking newbies.

Until next time Happy Monday everyone, I hope it wasn't too blue!

Love and hugs

Miss Jones


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Serious Summer Loves

With all of the sadness that is evident with the riots I feel the need to escape to a simpler place, my Miss Jones place.
In the grand scheme of things the following post is irrelevant and totally self indulgent, but if this creates some escapism for even a few minutes to readers then I am happy.

I'm going to dive straight into a few products that I am loving right now. I have been using these almost everyday since early June-ish and they have been my stars of the summer. I think it's time to do my summer raves as my attentions will soon be turning to Autumn/Winter 11 collections...yes already!

First up summer just isn't summer without a kick ass bronzer. This MAC Studio careblend pressed powder in Lush - Light Bronze is a LE rosy pink brown £19.

It has more of a glow to it than other MAC bronzers I have tried with the pink undertones it adds a shot of a healthy glow
Next up GLOSS! Estee Lauder Pure colour gloss 49 Frivolous Pink sparkle £16. This is a super pretty pink pale pink high shine gloss with fine flecks of pink/gold glitter. It doesn't give you tacky disco lips, the shimmer just adds some crackin' volume to your pout.

Estee Lauder -  Frivolous Pink sparkle
More for the lips.. Topshop Ooh La La Lipstick £8. To anyone who has yet to try Topshop make up I urge you to do so. This is a matte peach/coral which applies really nicely. It reminds me of Barry M 53 but has a much creamier consistency. I adore it. Their nail polishes are also exceptional for value and staying power with a lovely glossy finish.

I purchased these 2 absolute bargains off the cuff on offer for 2 for £5!!! Collection 2000 Mosaic glow and sheer loose powder. I'm shocked at how much I love these 2 products. The powder is really finely milled and the mosaic glow could easily be compared to the Bobbi Brown Bronze shimmer brick for a fraction of the price. This adds a glow without the chunks of glitter that even MAC MSFs sometimes do. Highly recommend both of these.

Top - Collection 2000 Mosaic glow, Bottom MAC Careblend pressed powder

I am going to do the rest as a part 2, I'm conscious this is becoming increasingly picture heavy. What products have stood out for you this summer?

Much Love

Miss Jones


Friday, 5 August 2011

Battle of the Mascaras

Miss Jones hasn't felt like talking lately. I have avoided bloggy woggy like the plague. I was going through the 1 year itch stage where you start to think, who actually cares what I think or what I write?

Of course these kind of thoughts become a self fulfilling prophecy as my absence is likely to rid me of my followers. A few friends and my boy have persuaded me to continue to blog with the view that I had when I very first started - which was to share make up tips with like minded people, give honest reviews and divulge some bargainous beauty's to the masses! I lost my way somewhere along the line but I have found my blogging feet again, on that note I'm back in the game rested and refreshed.

If I had a pound for every time somebody asked me what mascara I used or for every time somebody complimented me on my eyes I would have quite a tidy sum. I make up my eyes to their full potential and I know every trick in the book to make them pop but the most crucial, important, fundamental, imperative thing to remember is that lashes are what really count!

I am very lucky in the sense that I have quite long curled lashes naturally and with the correct mascara I can make my lashes scrape to the highest of heights. With a rubbish mascara though my eyes are just meh, rubbish. Therefore I came to realise some 12 years ago that to make me even remotely attractive I needed to search high and low for a good mascara.

And that I did. I have tried and tested near enough every mascara from cheapo to luxe, my all time holy grail no nonsense shiznit mascara has to be L'Oreal Lash Architects. It beats Lancome, Dior, YSL, Helena Rubenstein, Max Factor, Revlon and all other drugstore brands. I swear by it and have repurchased probably about 20. I kid you not!

SO I was super intrigued when I spotted the sultry younger sister all dressed in slinky silver going by the name of Lash Architects 4D - could it be?

I was dubious anything could beat the original but woo hoo hello! It does exactly what Lash Architects does but it in fewer coats. HOWEVER it did dry up really quickly. I can usually get 8 weeks out of an original LA but only managed 5-6 out of 4D. This doesn't bother me too much because for £10 ish (with offers which are usually always on) its not too expensive as in nearly £30 every 8 weeks.

Let me show you L'Oreal LA 4D comparable to Bourjois Glamour ultra Curl both in shade black *ding ding*

Bourjois Glamour Ultra Curl - Separates well and curls

L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D - Much blacker, lengthens, adds volume and curls.
See what a difference it makes?

Lefty = sleepykins    Righty = Bushy tailed

So there you have the proof!

Will you be trying 4D or even the just as fabulous Lash Architects Original?

*I only use the black tube LA I have tried the carbon black before but did not like as I found it to flake*

Big loves

Miss Jones


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Cool as a Cucumber

If I was to tempt you with the words 'soothing' 'calm' 'refreshing' and '94% all natural ingredients' to describe a body lotion I'm sure you would all be chomping at the bit to get your hands on the wonder product.

Well the good news is that you can and it will not cost you a fortune. Jergens has been around since 1901 and is a massive cult brand in the US yet is still relatively hush hush here in the UK.

I must admit I am guilty of bypassing the brand myself when pondering what to slather on my cumbersome form.  However since being sent this for review I have come to realise that the Jergens Naturals Aloe Soothing body moisturiser with cucumber is quite simply scrumptious!

Containing Eucalyptus to cool and revive, perfect for a refreshing morning pick me up or to cool sun soaked skin. Cucumber to calm the effects of environmental stressors such as wind and pollution. Of course the wonder that is Mr Aloe famously renowned for it's moisturising properties and keeping skin in tip top healthy condition had to be in present and he does his job well.

It would make an ideal aftersun with comforting properties to combat redness it also smells lusciously fresh and absorbs quickly so you do not have that greasy feeling which some butters leave.

*I personally love the thick luxurious body butter vibe but this would be perfect for those wanting a lighter daily body moisturiser*

It retails at £4.99 for 200ml which is an absolute bargain, there is also a large range in the Jergens Naturals collection including Age defying,Skin firming and even a Coco butter. I am positive that there is a Jergens Natural to suit everyone. As Jergen themselves put it, 'Say goodbye to synthetic moisturiser, and hello to naturally healthy skin'. 

Have you ever wondered how fantastic you are? well Jergens has the answer thanks to their fun fantastic o meter, follow this link to the official Facebook page and click 'like' to find out the answer : ) Jergens Facebook  

Will you be trying?

Miss Jones


Monday, 30 May 2011

The mother of all dupes..How can they get away with this!?

I'm going to show you a few photos. I am certain that every single one of you will be know what the following product is...and if you don't -shame on you!

Is this the cult complexion enhancer / highlighter from Benefit which we all know and love? - HIGH BEAM retailing at £18.50 

Technic 'High Lights' 

I recently bought this from Bodycare for £1.99. That is correct one hundred and ninety nine English pennies. I was shopping with Mrs Mama Jones at the time and I actually screeched a little too excitedly and a little too loud, 'mum, mum! they've got high beam! look! look!'

Only on closer inspection did I see this minxy little dupe for what it really is - which is just a fabulous product. High beam is a staple in my kit, I use it on cheeks, brow bones, cupids bow and mix with body lotion on the decolletage for a subtle shim shimmy. I have used the Me Me Me version of Beat the blues which was thee original dupe for High Beam but I found the shade and the formula to be too dissimilar to be a true dupe. This however is essentially the exact same product as High Beam. 

If you love High Beam you need this in your life! Get hunting for it pronto! 

That is all for this evening


Miss Jones


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

This stuff don't budge!

Recently I have resurrected an old love and have been wearing it to death. I always receive compliments when wearing these products as they are so vibrant. The beauty of it is they are also cheap, easy to apply and perfect for summer!

No 7 Stay perfect liquid eye liner which retails for £8.75 is available from Boots I have these in Jewel (green) and Saphire (bright blue), Jewel is still available but Saphire was LE and may be relaunched with the christmas collection which was when I purchased it.

These babies do not move! I have worn them in the coldest of winter months when mr watery eye is usually out in full force but these have never let me down. The colour is phenomenal, adding a line either below the lashes or across the lid adds an instant wow effect.
These colours are prefect for summer and are at the very top of my Summer 'make pretty quickly' list. I think you could even chance these for a little dip in the pool...maybe a slight dip not a full on swimathon.

Recently I wore Jewel along my top lash line and kept the rest of the eye neutral with a clashing bronze pigment on the lower lash line. The bronze colour was MAC Museum Bronze (LE) but good old Barry M does one very similar as always.

Above Saphire, Below Jewel 

Above Saphire, Below Jewel 

Blended out 

After a face wipe, hot soapy water and a sponge - red blotchy hand and STILL the jewel line remains!  FYI when wearing on the eye do not rub the delicate area soak with an oil based eye make up remover and gently wipe away

I have my eagle eye on Chainmail which is a beautiful gunmetal colour, I think it would look stunning with purples for a sultry sexy evening look. The only thing I would say about these is that the brush can make application a little gloopy so I tend to use my Mac 209 or any other liner brush which will allow greater control. Have any of you tried these liners?

Lots of Love

Miss Jones