Friday, 22 July 2011

A little slice of me...

It's taken me a while to realise that while this blog was originally set up to let me express my love of all things superficial (because finding people in real life who can listen to me talk about one aspect of a mascara for 15 minutes without wanting to hit me/run away/fall unconscious is surprisingly difficult) it doesn't just have to be that. It's my slice of interwebs and if I want to write a post about nothing then I can do that too.

So that's what I'm doing...

It's currently 2:44am and I am awake for no apparent reason, having also been awake until 5:30 yesterday morning and having around 4 hours sleep (plus a sneaky nap until 8:30 this eve, waking in time for Torchwood, which I like to watch but which has a tendency to leave me rather confused..). This isn't particularly unusual, my body likes to remind me that it is totally convinced it is right in thinking night time is the best time to be awake but it had been considerably better for a few months and I was enjoying my more normal sleeping habits.

Whatever. Stressing about it gets me nowhere and I'm making the most of the time. I live in the middle of nowhere (not literally, like a black hole) and it is totally silent here tonight. Some nights I can hear sheep chewing (they have no respect for night time and call across the field and play their music loudly...) and coughing and other times it's cows but tonight it is silent. And dark. Totally, pitch black, dark out there. I love it. I grew up until age 11 with a street light right outside my window so the dark used to freak the hell out of me (monsters and spiders and bizarre people and strange dreams and all).

Perfect. I've talked myself to sleep now, and will risk clicking publish in this half asleep state and hope that this doesn't strike me as a hideously-boring-mistake of a post when I wake...!

If you're very unlucky there may be more of these entirely irrelevant ramblings.


Monday, 18 July 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love 17/7/11

Daily Polish shows off an old holographic polish from the classic China Glaze Kaleidoscope Collection!

Head over to AOYV to see Shivani's favorite eyeshadow primer and tell her yours!

Still contemplating the Urban Decay Naked Palette because you have too many shadows? Kajal Couture shows you how you can dupe the Naked Palette using MAC shadows.

Jellyminx shares her gleeful Face of the Day from her evening at Glee Live.

Claire puts Lancome's Teint Miracle foundation to the test over at The Beauty Scoop!

Phyrra shows you the delights of Meow's latest collection, the Summer Carnival!

It's time for yet another SPF post! Makeup Morsels reveals her favorite sunscreen.

Angela shares a review and look for a product from one of her latest drugstore hauls, Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eyeshadow in Peacock Lustre, at Do Want Makeup.

Cindy at Prime Beauty got a sneak peek at the new IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty in Plum eyeshadow trio and a fantastic anti-aging brush--yes I said BRUSH!

At Beauty Info Zone, Marcia and Lisa reflect back on their top skincare favorites so far this year.

Tired of a boring french manicure? Check out Socialitedreams' colorful reverse french manicure for a cool new take on a classic.

At Eyelining Obsessions come and take a sneak peek at this former tanning phobe's bronzer stash.

Pink Sith has pictures and swatches of the Nordstrom Annual Sale EXCLUSIVE Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Tourbillon. Something to add to your shopping list!

Do you think Benefit's new mascaraBenefit They're Real! delivers the false lashes look for Tracy at Beauty Reflections?

Sleek MakeUP is having some really good palettes lately and Monaco is just one of them! Check out Vesna's swatches if you're a fan of true summery shades!

Still undecided about Mac's Semi-Precious collection? Check out Anita's swatches of the mineralize eyeshadows and the skinfinishes and blushes over at Pleasureflush to help make up your mind!


Kimmie Karma Love's Show Me Your Inner Animal contest ends on July 17th, did you get your entries in yet?

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Summer slump

As it turns out, in June my blogging mojo went on it's own summer break and still hasn't returned. I'm well aware my blog posts are about as infrequent as they have ever been (if not more so!) in the last year and a bit and I'm really missing blogging and putting together posts however if there's one thing I've learnt it's that blogging when the passion and the ideas and inspiration aren't there just doesn't work.. I end up with rubbishy posts that I'm not pleased with and I post out of obligation rather than wanting to. So I'm trying not to stress about it, and I know that the blogging bug will bite me once more at some point. There will still be less-frequent posting when I'm feeling inspired I hope!

Until then though, it's likely to be quieter around here... Makes a change from me rambling on at least!

A huge, huge thank you to all of you who read and hello to my new followers, please bear with me :)


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Liz Earle summer treats!

Liz Earle are one of my favourite skincare brands, the products work extremely well and are always a pleasure to use too.

Recently I trialled the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (which I'm already a big fan of, but this one is in the larger spray bottle form) and the Refresh and Revive Foot Spritzer. They came at the perfect time for the warm, sunny weather and I've really enjoyed using them.

I've been using the Skin Tonic (with organic aloe vera, calendula, rose scented geranium, cucumber and vitamin E) at least twice a day every day, and it's kept my somewhat unpredictable skin under control, keeping my skin clear and hydrated even when I've been lazy and just used face wipes to cleanse and totally skipped moisturiser in the evenings. It's perfect for setting make up and for refreshing your skin and foundation in the heat. The bigger spray bottle makes all the difference as the mist is finer and I've had no problems with it clogging up either.

The Foot Spritzer left me pleasantly surprised as unlike many products that claim to cool and refresh but fail to perform it's actually been wonderful for hot, sore legs and feet especially in the evenings. Menthol and peppermint oil provide a noticeable cooling sensation that lasts and rosemary and aloe vera add to the refreshing scent. The 75ml size bottle is perfect for handbags to use throughout the day for an instant refreshing wake up. Maybe not an essential, but great for the warmer months.

Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml spray bottle) is available here for £12 and the Foot Spritzer can be found here for £7.15 or find both in the New Festival kit.

What are your essentials in the heat?


[P.S... sorry for the total lack of blogging, things have been all out of routine for me lately with new things and changes and it's totally messed my brain up= thoughts too mangled to blog!]

Monday, 4 July 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love 3/7/11

K from Beautifully Addicted To reviews the much hyped Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.

Crave strong, bold, eyebrows that last? Beauty's Bad Habit might have just the thing you're looking for...

Addicted to Beauty suffers the ultimate beauty blogger dilemma when she receives a bad product.

Miss Beauty Nerd is feeling the baby fever, and as requested, she shares her 5-minute face routine for busy moms!

Makeup Morsels finds her new favorite summer scent. Head over to her blog, and find out which one it is!

Christina the Glitterholic reveals Marie Therese, the newest color by Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics.

Did the Pink Sith really get adopted by Neimans employees while waiting for the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude from the 2011 Fall collection?

Ever wondered about theEstee Lauder Pure Colour Lipsticks then take a look at these swatches on Nicoletta's Beauty Space.

Lipstick and Luxury swoons over Stila's Garden Bliss Bronzer. What do you think?

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shows you how to get a gorgeous glow with one product!

Have you heard of Birchbox? It is a monthly sample subscription gift box of fabulous deluxe sized samples. See what Pammy Blogs Beauty got in her June Birchbox!

Jeweled Thumb goes on a wild goose chase for the softest cheapest travel kabuki and finds a winner!

Looking for some seriously sparkly longwearing eyeliners to wear on your summer holidays? Check out Pleasureflush to see how Anita got on with the new Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners!

Get glowing this summer with Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Nectar. Head over to Makeup, Beauty & More for some photos & swatches.

Learn about Ellis Faas summer colors on Beauty Info Zone. It might just change your mind about summer!


Jellyminx is giving away a bottle of Trilogy Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Calming Fluid worth £28.50!

KimmieKarmaLove is having a contest! Show Your Inner Animal and you can win some awesome prizes!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Guest post! Matching your make up to the weather...

Jeneille kindly offered to guest post for me, thanks Jeneille!

Going on a holiday to the Caribbean? Here’s what to take in your makeup bag!

Different climates call for different types of makeup- something I learned the hard way after I moved back home after spending a year in London. While there, I wore cream foundations because my skin (usually oily) now tended to be a bit dry, especially during the winter months.

But being in St. Vincent did not mean that I could automatically switch to liquid foundation-as a matter of fact, it took quite a bit more experimentation before I found the products that worked for my skin IN this climate that didn’t result in me looking like I’d slathered my face with olive oil.

If you’re unsure about what to bring (and we never think too much makeup is too much do we?) do what I do! My favorites for foundation are the MAC Pro Long wear foundation which is longwearing but still gives a natural finish. On days where I can’t be bothered to wear foundation, use the MAC Face and Body which is so light it might as well be a tinted moisturizer!

Bronzer during the day (yes!) and blush at night (for a punch) along with a few lip glosses and eye shadows of your choice will clinch the deal….along with mascara, eye-liner and lip-balm. Below are a few of my faves and what I find myself reaching for as of late...

Jeneille is from Caribbean Beauty Blog, go check it out! Are you interested in guest posting on Queen of Turquoise? Let me know with a comment or drop me an email on
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