Friday, 18 February 2011

Foundation Review Part 2 of 3 Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish

Sorry to keep you waiting on the great reveal but here it is, the low end product that packs a punch.

New to Rimmel is the Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation

25 hours? Nobody in their right mind would ever want to keep their make up on for that long surely? But name aside it's a new line foundation which retails at about £7 or £8. They also do a Lasting Finish 16 hour which I cannot comment on as I have not tried. I assume the 25 hour is like the 16 hour but whilst on protein shakes and creatine.

What Rimmel say

'Why 25 hours? Because you want your makeup to last as long as you do. Face it. Your day is stressful. Early mornings, late nights. And we all want our makeup to look fresh and feel comfortable all day long.
 Rimmel London introduces Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, our first foundation that is sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof for up to a full 25 hours. The revolutionary formula, complete with a revitalizing mineral complex and moisturising aqua primer, helps to re energise overworked skin. Feels hydrating all day. No sign of make up fatigue for up to a full 25 hours. It’s time to demand more!"



In true Rimmel style, you can imagine the last sentence being said in the 'get the London look' voice. 

The gorgeous Georgia May Jagger is the promo face and 'wears' shade 200 soft beige coincidentally the same shade as chosen by moi.


What Miss Jones Says

Cor Blimey! That's all I can say. I have previously avoided Rimmel foundations like the plague but after my recent love of their lipstick and gloss (read here) I thought I would give this newbie a go. 

Let me set the scene for test day,

Applied 7.00am
General morning rush (at this point Vitalumiere Aqua had already given in to the oil slick)
Working till 1.00pm
Gym 1.30 - 3.30 (sweat galore *attractive* foundation remains after dabbing dry)
Quick dart around the shops
Nursery run
Playtime including rough and tumble pillow fights and small boy poking me in eye/dribbling on my cheeks
Bathe son resulting in obvious target for splashes 6.30pm
Lethargic hour in front of TV
Run Bath 7.30pm.........(Whilst in the HOT bath relaxing the frickin foundation was STILL on! I mean I kid you not I still had at least a medium coverage!?)

LOVE IT!

I recently wore this for a meal and after looking at the pictures I thought it gave slight flashback which really baffled me as this does not have any SPF.

However I have to admit after looking at all of my photos from the same day, I had my camera on the wrong setting. This 'flashback' was my only negative toward the product but I take it back it was me all me, so sorry Rimmel.

I would 100% trust this for a wedding make up, I have a few weddings booked in over the coming months and I will be sure to reach for this. The bride would be able to sweat, cry, dance galore and not have to worry about the big fade.

I am usually dubious about the all singing all dancing promise from brands, 25 hour, flawless, hydrating blah blah. 

I promise you this delivers. 

It is comfortable to wear, it blends easily and does not sit on the skin in a mask like way(*cough* L'Oreal Infalliable *cough*) There is no denying it has a heavy coverage but with the correct method of application you can get away from that cakey look.

I recommend applying moisturiser first (as I hope you always would) this will give you a bit more slip as it is quite a thick formula. I use 2 pumps of this as opposed to 1 pump of my Revlon Photo Ready but this lasts much longer and gives a better finish.

I would also recommend using fingers to warm the product and really work it into the skin, then as a second step use a stippling/flat brush (I love my Elf Powder brush) to buff the product in - this will make it look even more natural. 

I always set with powder because for me leaving the house sans powder is like leaving the house sans knicker.

One final thing, I would say this is better suited to normal/oily and oily/combination skin types. I think dry skins may just grab the product a bit too much and it would probably sit on the skin. The trick to this is to really work it in for a flawless look.

  • Longevity on par with Estee Lauder Double wear just about but better that Revlon Colourstay
  • Ease of use on par with Bourjois Healthy Mix
  • Coverage beats Revlon Colourstay, L'Oreal Infalliable, 
  • Finish - Matte but not in a death like manner, there is a a soft dew to the finish not in an oily way but a healthy way

The Cons - Shades are limited, Asian and darker skins may find it a struggle to match up - not fair! Also if your very pale this may not be for you booo!

That is all. Sorry no shots of me on this one I realised whilst in the bath that I failed to take my end of day shot. I almost climbed out to get camera but thought better of it. The thought of subjecting you to an image of me in the bath fills me with dread and fear. You will see it on many FOTD's to come though!

The final foundation in the trio post will shock you all!

Happy happy Friday people

Muchos love

Miss Jones

xxx




Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Foundation Review Part 1 of 3 Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

I have recently been testing some foundations, one high end and two lower end products. The 'test' has been taking place over the past 2 weeks as I wanted to give as much information as possible.

Purchasing the right foundation can be a daunting task and I always take heed from fellow bloggers reviews especially when contemplating buying a high end product.

My skin is now what I would class as normal/oily.

*Fair test - Applied with fingers to check true coverage, reviewed after 5 hours wear for signs of slipping, oil, coverage*

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua  - Baby sister of Vitalumiere

Here is what Chanel say:

'Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise. Although it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin, the skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if glowing from within
'



What does Miss Jones say?

I had really high expectations of this product because hello - It's Chanel!

I have to say out of the three tested, this is the foundation that I was most disappointed with.

It was lovely to apply, it had a pleasant scent and blended well, I used B20 and set with a fine dusting of powder. It has an SPF of 15 and I would say light coverage which could be buildable at a push to medium.

How did it measure up after half day work - mid nursery run?

I actually felt like I could not wait to wash this off my face, oil slick central!

I checked all of the foundations at the same time of the day whilst in my car. Lighting was good on all occasions and nothing magnifies imperfections like the rear view mirror (I was not driving at the time...honest!
)



When first applied - i look so moody! mornings are not my best 

*heave* after 2 hours max - you can see the chin and cheek areas beginning to wilt and NO I had not used High beam or any highlighter for that matter this really is just 'luminous" oil..nice

My skin felt far from nude, I would go as far to say it felt very uncomfortable on me. After just 2 hours of wear I had to blot excess oil and felt grubby. Not what you want so early in the day.

This would be a super duper foundation for someone who had good skin which was a little on the dry side, It would of been fabulous for me in my teens (my skin has gotten oilier with age - hey at least it's minimising the aging process! every cloud & all that)

I would also say this would be excellent for sunbed users. It would add that healthy moisturised look which is often lacking for the sunbed guilty (I used to be one of them! *slap wrist*)


Overall this did nothing for me. I would be better suited to Pro Lumiere or even Mat Lumiere. When skin is prone to oiliness it is so much easier to add luminosity onto a matte canvas rather than trying to battle she sheen all day.


The other two foundations are both lower end which I will post about individually also or this will be one hella read! I think you will be pleasantly surprised with one of the brands which is my new favourite : )


Hope this helps, for all those Chanel lovers out there I hate to slate your love but remember this is based on my experience and my skin type.

Happy Midweek everybody...we're halfway there!

Love

Miss Jones

xxx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Love is in the air...

Happy Valentines day to all. 

I hope you are being spoilt rotten/spoiling yourself. A great excuse for a luxurious self indulgent pamper session.

Recently I have been loving Molten Brown Blissful Templetree bubble bath, it relaxes my muscles after exercise, fills the entire of my upstairs with a gorgeous scent and lingers on my skin after I have bathed. This is what I shall be relaxing into tonight, I also like to add a drop of Molten Brown Eucalyptus especially on cold nights mmmm, my muscles are positively giddy at the thought.

This is another little catch up on what's cracking with Miss Jones. I will be moving house during the next fortnight so my days are being spent packing boxes and my nights will be spent painting the new house. I am still committed to my January gym resolution and have been trying really hard to eat healthily.

I have slipped off the wagon a few times (damn wine) but hey I'm only human. I have currently lost 8lbs and my clothes are much looser so I am heading in the right direction. After all summer will soon be upon us! *smiles eagerly at thought of Pimms in the garden*

Me and the boy *clears throat* i mean Fiance ; ) went for a lovely romantic meal on Saturday night. It was a beautiful evening and we had a ball. Here is my FOTD/FOTN

I used a couple of new products (foundation and mascara) which really need a separate blog post as I have much to say. Foundation gives a touch of flashback as the pics show yet had a low SPF so this shocks me.
I didn't have time to go all out on my make up as I had a client that wasn't finished till 7.15pm! I opted for my ye old faithful sleek palette and used a combination olive and bronze on the lid and lilac under lower lashes smudged with a deeper purple 
He's a bobby dazzler is my boy






Trousers - Miss Selfridges
Blouse - Primark! New stock (love it)
Necklace - Primark £1 sale!
Earrings - River Island
I also wore Lilac patent Mary Jane heels from New look
Nails - Starlet stockings LE No 7
Flower in hair - H&M
Cord Bracelets (just seen) - H&M
White hand comparable to body - optional 



Cheers!


Have fun ; )

Love 

Miss Jones 

xxx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Tasty Little Numbers

We've all been there...
'hmm I reckon about 200 for that cream egg, maybe 300 for the Lasagne'...I'm talking about guessing the calorie content of the food we troff during our hectic days.

Next thing you know your battling with your skinnies (jeans) lying on the bed 7lb heavier! Who knew a Chinese takeaway was more than about 400!

Yes, we know the mantra - eat less do more, and of course we stick to it...most if the time. But what about when your in work or out and about and evil mr munchie grabs you.

Introducing....

Never fear a healthy saviour is here!

Click here for more info on Tasty Little Numbers 

Their Philosophy is endearingly simple...


"If you are super busy, love life and real food (like me!), want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle but think that life is too short to eat diet food and tot up odd numbers of calories (like me!), then Tasty Little Numbers is for you!
Tasty Little Numbers is the first snack brand in the world where everything in the range is made to whole numbers of calories!
Tasty Little Numbers is real food, perfectly portioned with all of the stuff that makes food taste good left in so you can really enjoy eating them and best of all you can leave the sums to the snacks that take the messin’ outta guessin’!



It really is that simple. So far I have sampled the Texy Mexy Barbecue Grill Corn snack (Delicious - and you get loads in the bag, perfect for Miss Jones as she is a naturally greedy girl ; ) What's even better is that they are just 100 CALORIES!!! woo hoooo! 3 bags then?! *Joke*

Today I also sampled the I need white chocoalte now crisp bar which was a perfect balance of savoury crunch and mid morning chocolate fix, again just 100 CALORIES.

I am eager to try the rest of the products and recommend these to everyone, not even just to those who are trying to lose weight.

Oh and one final thing, the packaging is seriously swarve, you will not feel ashamed pulling these bad boys out of your lunch box, they give Special K *yawn* and Snack-a-Jacks *bore* a serious run for their money. 

Go forth and watch out for these little gems also check out their Facebook page here  and 'like' lets all show our appreciation for these Tasty little numbers.  


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Mmmm Caramel..70's Inspired make up Tutorial

WARNING - PICTURE HEAVY

The 70's is THEE decade to be looking towards for style tips this spring/summer. I for one am ecstatic about it. I LOVE blouses of any description, add flares, platforms and the all important camel/nude colour palette and I am in LOVE.

The great thing about the 70's which everyone forgets is that there is actually something for everyone. The trend is not just about flares but also pretty florals, jumpsuits fit for a boogie in studio 54 and even boxy tailoring/band tee's which would have been emerging as the punk scene exploded in the late 70's.

The make up look today is inspired by the queen of the 70's Farrah Fawcett yet the Breton top I am wearing has more of a late 60's feel (not to mention the absence of the flicks).
What a beauty she is - staple for the look bronzer!!!

This make up is a look which I love. The orange/caramel shades make my green eyes 'pop' and the heavy bronzer makes me feel healthier. You may also notice that my hair is much darker than previously see here for pics of me as a super blonde!

The reason for the change to thy barnet is simply due to make up. When hair is so light it is hard to pull off certain looks without looking like...a tart, there I said it. I loved my white blonde hair but trends change and I get bored very quickly so for now I am embracing the darker, messier look which allows me to up the bronzer/tan and create a strong brow which I am also loving.

Not to mention the condition of my hair has improved tenfold, I am saving money AND I actually look forward to the root re-growth because I feel it it just adds to the ombre look that I am craving. I am naturally darkish but the thought of going back to full head brunette petrifies me...
I was pregnant here in my defence

Drew Barrymore ROCKING the ombre hair trend -
Hair crush alert!
So on to the mug shots

Urban Decay bronzer was applied liberally to temples, nose and cheeks. Benefit girl meets pearl was used to highlight cheekbones

Front Cover China cup was used to cover entire eye area, Front Cover  Ginger Spice was used in the socket, this was blended up onto the very edge of the brow bone. Front cover Bracken was used under the lower lash line and in the outer corner to create depth to the look. Avon Super shock liner in Bronze was used on the water line. 

MAC Poetic License Lip glass (I used to hate this when I was super blonde but now it works with my darker root showing)

Front Cover Palette 'Very Hot, Very Cool" was used to create the look


So there we have it. This is a super easy peasy look which will look great on all eye colours especially those green eyed ladies out there.


Also just to mention it was that time again...
Weekly deep clean
I timed my brush cleaning routine wrongly and was left with all of my favourite brushes still damp when doing my make up. Now I am precious about my brushes, I would rather use make up found on the street on a client than turn up without my brushes (not that I would). Having said that I used what I had to hand to create this look today which coincidentally were all Front Cover brushes previously overlooked.
Even the pink Kabuki is a front cover product. I managed to blend, contour, define and do brows with these brushes! Fabulous!


What do we all think,

70's tres chic or tres faux?

Xxx






Saturday, 5 February 2011

Umberto Giannini tut tut tut

Like many of you out there the launch of Umberto Giannini's 'Glam Hair' collection filled me with excitement and joy.

The hair trend for the past 2 maybe 3 years has differed somewhat to the previous years of smooth silky tresses. Of course trends come full circle so the new 'big hair' obsession is not dissimilar to the good old 80's hero's.


OK so maybe we're not exactly after Pat Benatar style but definitely some sassy, messy vavavoom.

Not so long ago obsession with the straightest hair was major, some girls even going to the lengths of paying to use straighteners whilst out in the nightclub toilets hoping to banish the humidity provoked boof that dancing had created.
These days you're more likely to hear cries of  'oooh just back comb this a bit more I'm looking flat!'

I am personally somewhere between the 2. I'm not a massive fan of the birds nest look nor the super sleek, I prefer more a sleek mess?

Now just as every haircare brand that sits on the shelves have cashed in on products offering the super duper straightest of locks,  it stands to reason that the Gods of Branding and Advertising have bestowed upon us a product that will create the messy teased look with ease.

Que - Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a bottle and Morning after Dry Shampoo

 Errrmmmm where do I begin


My lazy mass of stick a pin and hope for the best - gets me through many rushed mornings I love the not done style but not when it is sheening with what looks like product build up!

If this was a deathmatch of products this is who the opponents should be

Mr Batiste and Osis Dust It

Ding ding let the battle commence.

Firstly the 'Backcomb in a bottle' requires you to simply spray and 'juij into shape.

It's pants. It's leaves hair crispy and looking like product has been applied. Not what the look is about. The whole mess should be matte not product laden, which when you're blonde matters A LOT. Blonde's don't want to spend time using violet tone enhancing treatments only to spray a dulling yellow tinged mess onto their locks.

This just reminds me of a gel spray which has been re-branded as the 'Backcomb in a bottle'. Maybe the Giannini warehouse had copious amounts of gel spray from the 90's, lets face it, crispy locks haven't been anyones 'want' for a while (for me it was 2nd year of secondary school when perms HAD to look like dry noodles).

The morning after shampoo is a better calibre of product with the USP I'm guessing being the fact that it leaves no white residue, it also smells nice. But HELLO Batiste now does a number of lovely fragrances and the 'white residue' is a bonus for blonde's not a hindrance. Dulls the roots a treat!

I will continue to use my Batiste for greasy lazy days and to add a matte finish to my hair and will always swear by my Osis Dust it which unlike the Umberto spray, it actually DOES create a backcombed effect that lasts and is easy to achieve.

*** it may also be a massive coincidink but I have also had a dry scalp of late.....

Has this worked for anyone or does Osis win for you too, do you favour the sleek or the bed head mane?
Xxx