Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mid-week Lust List

Surfing the internet and seeing so many bright, bold beautiful colors. 2012 is such a pretty year :) These are what I have my eyes on:

Saw these gorgeous Michael Kors shoes over at Superficial Girls. I see the color-blocking trend is here to stay!

Third World Profashional rocked the above dress from ASOS. I love the yellow and black and the way it fits and hopped over to the site to pick me up one. Of course, it was sold out. This is what happens when 'celebrities' discover your favourite clothing websites....uggg!


I have also been OD-ing on Jennah Bell on you tube! Gosh her voice is AH-mazing!

Happy Hump Day loves. Hope the week's been going well :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Beauty Blog Link Love 24/03/2012

Inspired by spring and St. Patty’s Day, Miss Beauty Nerd showcases her favourite green-hued products this season!
Phyrra’s Independent Spotlight for March is with Maria of Cult Nails! Learn all about Maria and how she made her dreams come true!
Love colour? This week Madame B Fatale shows you her almost neon makeup tutorial!
This Spring at theNotice is all about Clarins. (Yeah, you read that right.) Check out the one limited-edition liquid blush Rae thinks you HAVE to have this season.
The fifth and final episode to the series Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes. This time, we discuss the Horizontal Gradient Method!
Why settle for just one blush when you can have three in one palette?! Beauty’s Bad Habit reviews Sleek ‘Pumpkin’ Blush by Three.
With Spring offically here, Beauty In The Mirror reviews Benefit Cha Cha Tint – perfect for a spring glow on the cheeks!
Think fancy, structured updo’s are too hard? Gouldylox found one that is really easy and perfect for spring weather!
It’s almost summertime, which means Shannon at Lipstick Musings is on the hunt for a great warm-weather red lipstick. She’s found one with NARS Sheer Lipstick in Manhunt!
This gold, taupe, and blue smoky eye on My Funny Valentine adds a little tribal to your weekend.
Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers that not all frightening things are found in horror movies – some of them are actually as close as her face! Take a trip with her to the Vichy Skin Health Centre for a scary good time!
Check out Jenn at Spicedbeauty backstage coverage of Maybelline Beauty for Toronto Fashion Week.
Fleurissante shares her impressions on Ambre Oud, the most recent by Kilian fragrance.
Will the Hunger Games movies influence future makeup trends? Come join the discussion at Beauty Reflections!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Marlon Roudette- Anti-Hero

How can I talk about where I'm from without introducing you all to Marlon Roudette?? 784 stand up! Representin' straight outa yard (lol)

Free World-wide Shipping Sites :)

Came across this site and thought I'd pass it on. Had no clue New Look had started offering free international shipping! I'm glad!

Here's a few others:

Benefit Cosmetics

Dino Direct

ASOS

Feel Unique

New Look

Book Depository


If you know of any others feel free to add them below :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Caribbean Blogger Spotlight: I am Simply Tia

Happy Tuesday everyone! My blog started out as means of expression and my love (read: obsession) for makeup and beauty products. A few months ago I had the grand idea to re-name and re-design (as much as blogger would allow) my haven to include bloggers from all over the Caribbean (hence the name). I had a hard time finding persons from across the region that shared my interest when I first entered the blogging world but after almost three years, I must say that that demographic has widened. If you scan the tabs at the top of the page, you would notice that I've linked to some blogs by other Caribbean writers/bloggers that I enjoy immensely! One of my favorites is this gorgeous (no joke!!!) young lady who can seriously throw down in the kitchen!! My tummy rumbles every time she makes a post on face- book. She is, quite simply, Tia. Enjoy! And do check out her blog!

Hey T. Thanks for agreeing to appear on Caribbean Beauty Blogger. First of all I must say that your blog is like food porn for me. The pictures are lick-the-screen amazing!! Why a food blog? And what type of camera do you use?

First off Jen, thank you for doing this. I really and truly appreciate you considering to feature me on your blog and I'm honored that you're sharing me with YOUR world and your readers. I hope they will enjoy this post

Food is my life. If anyone says "Food", it's just as good as calling my name. I love to cook, I love to feed people but most importantly I love to eat. Like, LOVE to eat. I'm on a diet every other week. Seriously. This thing is like an addiction. I hear girls talking about going shopping for clothes or shoes, I'm like "O.....K" but put me in a supermarket - Lord have mercy! THAT is my heaven. But to answer the question about a food blog - it started because I had (and still do have) an obsession with cooking or eating out and snapping (photos) and of course, posting to whatever social medium was/is hip at the time. I, being a conscientious person, figured that that was getting annoying to folks, so I decided to take it elsewhere (Wordpress to be specific) and tell fellow humans all about my adventures there. Hence, blogging became a part of [Simply] Tia's life. Cameras - I use a Sony and a Fujifilm point and shoot camera and an iPhone4 camera for my blog posts. I have my eyes set on a Canon Rebel and/or a Nikon D3100 but baby steps for now.

So, we know you're from the Caribbean. Which island do you represent? And how does this influence the way you cook?


Hold your breath folks and I am being as objective as humanly possible. Don't feel I'm being partial or showing any type of preference. After all, facts are facts. So, with that being said, I'm from the most beautiful, idyllic, serene place on Earth - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. I now reside in the United States and annoy every one I come across by telling them how magnificent this place is. Have you been? No? You should totally go! After-all, it's the gem of the Antilles.

But all jokes aside though, now that I live in the United States, I rep the Caribbean. You should hear me talking about West Indians. I am like a proud mother. I don't care what island a person is from, from the minute I hear a little accent - "That's my people!". I have visited several of the Caribbean islands and our region has some of the friendliest, most hospitable and sincere people I have ever met and known. Not to mention how ambitious, kind hearted and hardworking they are. So I don't just rep St Vincent. I represent the entire region. I'm a WEST INDIAN!


With that said, that means I cook it all or have cooked it all. Curry chicken, jerk chicken, stew beef, fried fish, roti, peppered shrimp. Name it, I've probably cooked it. The issue that I am facing now is that I'm married to an American. A Southern American. No not someone from South America. I'm married to someone from the southern part of North America. Hahaha. (I crack myself up). Anyways, he likes his Southern food and all the good things my mother in law used to cook up for him so I try to balance out my cooking with West Indian food, Southern food and then everything else so that everyone (that would be me and him) would be happy. So when people ask: what's your speciality cuisine, I just say I cook everything. Besides, I don't want to be limited to one type of cuisine. If you come to visit me (my blog), you would never see an host of West Indian dishes. Mommy used to always say "Yuh can't eat peleau everyday" meaning, you have to have variety and have to switch things up. It's important so that monotony doesn't set in. 

 If you could make/eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Créme Brûlée. I don't want to start preaching so I will leave it right there. If you've never had it. Try it. Soon!




Eggs? Fried or Scrambled?

Scrambled. Why "separate" stuff? Let's just mix it all up to the point where we don't know what's what.


Chocolate covered strawberries? Yummy or Yuck?

Yummy! I just made some for Valentine's Day. They were a big hit with hubby and me. Well maybe more a hit with me. I ate 98.6% all by myself. And that's not what you call greed....that's what you call talent.

When eating a salad, what type of dressing do you prefer to use?

Dressing? Uh - I'd have to make my own and it'd be a balsamic-maple vinaigrette. I try to stay away from the egg based dressings. I prefer to save my calories for more important stuff.......like buffalo wings.

Peanut Butter? Creamy or Crunchy?

Creamy! I generally love crunch(y) textures but not in my nut butter.


Pasta or pelau?

That's like asking air or water? I can't survive without either but gun to my head - I'll go with pasta........in a nice cheesy macaroni pie



Name one food you miss from 'home'?

Without a doubt - BREADFRUIT. *in my accent* They find ways to bring up all kinda ting from di islands but I catching mi royal to get breadfruit. I tyaad eat saltfish with rice. It's just not right.


And last but not least

When are you gonna cook for me???

I'll be home later this year. I'll start planning a 5 course menu for you from now!

Arrrrg! I can't wait!!! 

Want more of Tia? Follw her at her blog i am simply tia and get to drooling!  

Monday, March 19, 2012

La Gracia Dance Co presents: Nostalgia/ Cloud 9 iMAGES

My weekend was spent working. A few weeks ago my friend Amirh asked me to assist her with doing the makeup for the La Gracia Dance Company productions on March 16-17. I gladly accepted as I saw it as a great way to expand my portfolio. The experience was amazing! We also had the privilege of having Robert Clouden of Cloud 9 iMAGES take a few shots for us. I was amazed at how they turned out:


I can't wait to work with Amirh again. We're planning a few carnival packages so keep an eye out for those!

If you're interested in hiring a photographer for a photo-shoot or any event then you should contact Robert Clouden at 1-784-431-3103 or on face-book where you can view more of his work! He also offers wedding packages at the following prices:

Premium Package:


1) $1150- 120 photos in an album


All photos on a CD


1 Photo Collage


1 8x10 print


Slide Show




Standard Packages:


2) $800- 100 photos in an album


All photos on CD


1 8x10 print




3) $650- All photos on a CD


50 4x6 & 1 8x10 prints




50% deposit of your choice of package 1 week before your Wedding, and the remaining 50% on completion of your product.




NOTE:


An extra fee of $80 is charged for locations out side of Kingstown. Deposit early to avoid cancellation due to same day bookings. Deposits are non refundable.



Definitely worth checking out!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Week in Pictures- and a haul :)

Hey darlings! I've been unber busy as of late with work and meetings. I just returned from Trinidad & Tobago today after a week long meeting in a place that I consider m second home (I lived there for five years) and it's always great to be back. I wasn't able to get out as much as I wanted to because my days were long and intensive BUT I did manage to do a small haul and have dinner a few times with a friend :) Here are the pics!























Full deets to come soon :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

10/03/2012- Beauty Blog link Love

A botox virgin no longer - Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed gives you the scoop on botox and fillers - if you've been thinking about getting a little somethin' somethin' yourself, you'll want to check this out!

Lydia's addiction to Dior lipsticks is taken to a new heights with these new Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks at Perfectly Imperfect.

Lovers of the infamous Black Honey will be pleased to hear that the line's been expanded with not one, not two, but seven new shades. Check out Rae's close-up photos, swatches, and review of the new Spring 2012 Clinique Almost Lipstick lineup over at theNotice!

Miss Beauty Nerd doesn't believe that lip balm can get prettier than this... she's completely smitten by Dior's Creme de Rose lip balm!

Want to get the info on the beauty look for The Hunger Games movie? Well, Krasey Beauty's got it!

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shares a post about the NewBeauty TestTube™, a Canadian blog exclusive!

Want fluttery, long lashes? Amy Antoinette reviews Sleek Lash Out mascara.

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella tries Clarins Ever Matte foundation and powder and has mixed feelings about them. Find out why!

Very much a lipstick lover at heart, Hellcandy discovers a lipgloss that has won her over with it's lip soothing properties. Click here to discover the By Terry lipgloss that works wonders!

Duochrome AND glitter! Musicalhouses shows you her favourite China Glaze's Prismatic Collection swatches!

Phyrra shares with you Darling Girl's Only One Can Win Hunger Games collection.

Have you heard about the new Sleek Blush by 3 Palettes yet? Midnight Violets has all the details, swatches, comparisons and looks.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections cracks open her special occasion makeup bag and uses her Hourglass Aura Cheek Stain.



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Country Superstars and still-in-love couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw recently launched their fragrance for couples, SOUL2SOUL. Visit Prime Beauty and enter to win a set for you and your man!

Claire is giving away a £50 Boux Avenue Gift Card over at The Beauty Scoop!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Best Lip-Balm Ever!

I'm a lip-balm junkie. I really ought to take pictures of my collection because even I am amazed at how much I own. Now I'm funny about my balms. I like them to be moisturizing but I don't like feeling the product on my lip. I like them non-sticky, flavored or if not...just pleasant. I don't like after-tastes and I hate balms that you have to keep applying because they just don't moisturize like they should.

I thought I had found such goodness in the Nivea Milk and Honey lip-balm but as much as I liked it...it didn't send me into a panic at the thought of not having it in my bag. I didn't think such balm ever existed....until...


Yes. Chapstick 100% Naturals is THE lip-balm of lip-balms (at least for me). Checks all of the boxes ans is inexpensive to boot! Has a pleasant taste, is very moisturizing and leaves lips soft and smooth. I honestly don't see myself without it and choose it over my Rosebud salve balm that everyone seems to rave about. This lil tube is the TRUTH!

N.B: I may have found my HG lip-balm but I am not averse to trying new ones (lol) Leave your faves below so I can give them a try :)

Til next time...

xoxo

Jen

Monday, March 5, 2012

Quick Meals: Tuna Pasta

I hardly ever have time to cook. Lunches are usually bought and dinner is the easiest thing that I can get my hands on which makes for an unhealthy diet. Luckily, my weight has not gone up but these days I'm more about being and remaining healthy as opposed to being obsessed about the scale. Tonight's dinner was tuna pasta...a yummy recipe that I got from my friend @ the last year of my twenties. You should check her blog out!


1 cup whole wheat pasta
1 tin tuna (in water)
1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp black olives
6 plum tomatoes
1/4 cup garlic and tomato pasta sauce
Parmesan cheese 
Black pepper, salt, a tad bit of curry powder
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Now this was pretty simple. Boil pasta in salted water. While pasta is boiling, saute peppers, onions, garlic for about 2 minutes in EVOO before adding tuna. Add olives, pasta sauce and black pepper and curry powder and cook for 2 more minutes. Toss in cooked pasta and coat with tuna mixture. Turn off stove and toss in cherry tomatoes. Plate. Sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese and enjoy! I'd say it makes 2 servings. The rest will be had for lunch tomorrow!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Guest Post: Top 3 Lipstick Trends for Spring 2012


Today's guest post is brought to you by Mary Edwards at best dating sites

Spring has sprung and women everywhere are looking for a new fresh makeup face. Magazine covers and runways around the world have been sporting and the same fabulous colors for the spring. Here are the top 3 lipstick trends to check out:

Bold Red: A very vintage look that we can’t keep our eyes off of. Go subtle and do a bold red lip with light eyes and cheeks or for that evening out on the town, play up your lids with a dark smoky eye.
·         Dior Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Fireworks $30.00
·         Covergirl Queen Collection Lip Color in See Red under $8.00
·         Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red $24.00

NaturalNeutrals: Natural is the never ending trend setter. For an allover sun kissed natural look, skip the mascara and eyeliner and apply a light dewy blush. There is nothing neutral about these pretty finds:
·         Covergirl Continuous Color Lipstick in Sugar Almond under $8.00
·         MAC in Hue $14.50
·         Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Candeur $32.50

Magenta: One unique trend that has caught everyone’s attention is the lovely shade of magenta.  Pair your lips with a soft blush and light eye for the daytime and night skip the blush and do a simple, sexy cat eye.
·         Origins Flower Fusion in Jasmine $16.50
·         MAC in Girl About Town $14.50
·         CovergirlLipPerfection Lip Color in Spellbound under $8.00

Head to your local drugstore or makeup counter and start trying on your favorite trend this year. Remember to never overdo it and that your natural beauty comes from within. And don’t forget to have fun with it!

Author Bio
Mary Edwards is one of the contributors and editors for dating websites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating community. She can be reached at edwardsmary936 AT gmail.com.