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