Sunday, July 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day Four

Day 4: Your parents

My mom that is. She and I don't exactly see eye to eye ever. Recently we have been bonding over makeup though. It's the one thing we can agree on. She loves when I do her makeup for her and encourages outrageous Sephora binges. She is extremely over protective of me but wants the best for me and to do something with my life.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

tokidoki Cromatico Palettes: Adieu, Polpettina and Mozzarella

I love tokidoki. Their products are in adorable packaging, of great quality and well worth the price. The Cromatico Palette are $19 at They each come with four eye shadows, a mini double-ended brush and a collectable character charm. They are made with rice lipids and vitamin B which makes them very blendable and hydrating for your eyelids. I love the color combinations in these palettes and most likely will get the other two that I'm missing. Each eye shadow comes out to less than $5 which is a great value for product of this quality. All of the colors are very vibrant and last all day without a crease over Two Faced Shadow Insurance. The only downside to the palettes is the extra level under the shadows where the charm is stored. It's a very cute idea and I love my charms; it's just not practical for storage. However it's one small issue that results in getting an adorable charm but still worth mentioning.
Left to Right: Adieu, Polpettina and Mozzarella

30 Day Challenge: Day Three

Day 3: Your first love

My first love... was someone who did not respect me and I'm not on speaking terms with him. What he did to me hurt but I learned that any relationship I have with someone, be it romantic or friendly, needs to have mutual respect. The people I now interact with give more than they take and love me unconditionally. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day Two

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

My blog's name, as you are most likely aware is, Turquiose Garden. It is inspired from the film Grey Gardens, which oddly enough reminds me of my home life. Basically if you haven't seen the movie you need to but it's about a mother and daughter who are both crazy and codependent and mildly abusive with each other. When thinking about the remarkable similarities between my life and Big Edie and Little Edie's, I decided I needed to do something about it. My garden would not be grey because there was no way out for me it would be full of color (turquoise is one of my favorites) because I made it that way and would make my own future as bright as I could.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day One

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

Hello, I'm Kristen, occasionally known on blogger as Kristen Quixotic.
This is me and a pinata!
1. More than anything I would like to work at a fashion magazine and do page layouts.
2. I have a ten year old Golden  Retriever named Penny.
3. I grew up in a small town in Rhode Island and hate that I still live there a few months out of the year.
4. I attend school in Boston, Massachusetts and love almost everything in Boston.
5. I am obsessed with Harajuku Lovers Perfume and aspire to collection every single one. (I have two and a half collections out of the current four.)
6. I have a tattoo of the word Love on my wrist and want to get a bird cage on my forearm next.
7. I (not so) secretly want to be a pin up girl.
8. I don't drink soda or anything carbonated.
9. I want to live in Europe for at least a year after college.
10. I love to draw.
11. I will purchase basically anything with a pattern, design or vintage-looking picture. I'm pathetic in that way.
12. I read a lot.
13. I'm sort of a stickler for proper grammar and I try to speak correctly even in text messages.
14. I work at a shoe store and thus own more shoes than I care to admit.
15. I get more excited than you could ever guess when I have a new follower or comment or view on my blog.

Thanks for sticking with me through my fifteen facts. Here's the full challenge; I hope you give it a shot too!

30 Day Challenge: Introduction

I found a 30 day challenge on amybeads blog and it seems fun as well as its a good to learn things about me if you're interested. Keep reading for the next 30 days to learn all about Kristen! Click on each day to see my answers so far.

Here's the daily challenge if you'd like to do it yourself. Hopefully some of you will be interested in doing this too! If you are leave a comment, I'd like to learn more about you too!

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you've traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you're afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: A picture of you last year - how have you changed?
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you're looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What's in your purse?
Day 23: Favorite Movie
Day 24: Something you've learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nails of the Day: Purple Leopard

My nails of the day are a purple leopard mani. The base color is two coats of Wet n Wild's Megalast nail color in Bite the Bullet. The spots are Manic Panic's Nail Lacquer in Blood Thirsty with Milani's Nail Art in Black Sketch. This is my first attempt at some kind of free hand nail art but when I saw the london lipgloss's post, I knew I needed to try a leopard mani.

Monday, July 25, 2011

tokidoki lip products: Lip Ink and Prisma Gloss

My love of tokidoki has been ongoing since they launched their makeup products at Sephora. Recently there was a lot of discounted products online so I indulged in a quite a few lip and eye products. I bought two Prisma Glosses, a Lip Ink, a Perfetto eyeliner and a third Cromatico palette.

First of all how cute are the boxes that the Prisma Glosses are packaged in.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

100% Pure: Purifying Seaweed Facial Mask (what do you mean there's something on my face?)

Nutrient rich Seaweed Mask detoxes facials pores, purges out toxins, leaves your complexion fresh and pure while organic seaweed nourish your skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C repairs damaged skin, restores elasticity, and strengthens cellular structure.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Nails of the Day: Red! (and a top coat conundrum)

My nails have two coats of N.Y.C.'s Expert Last Nail Polish in I <3 NY on all nails except the ring finger which has three coats of Deborah Lippmann's Ruby Red Slippers. Everything is covered with a coat of Seche Vite. Picture time!

Click to Enlarge for the glory that is Ruby Red Slippers.

Now on to my situation. I am nearing the bottle of my Seche Vite topcoat which I haven't been loving lately. It's gotten thick and not applying nicely and it shrinks back at the tips something awful. It's almost $8 a bottle and for that price I should be loving it to the last drop. What's your favorite topcoat? Leave suggestions for me in the comment box please! Thanks for reading and your help!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Eye of the Day: Glamourous Indie Rock and Roll

Today's Eye of the Day is named after the Killers' song, Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll. I think it fits the look well; there's glitter and a purple crease above greys.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lindt Truffle Brownies

Although you probably would not have known this based on my blog posts thus far, I love to bake and cook. My most recent cooking creation is Lindt Truffle Brownies which I made the recipe up myself. They came out really good; they're very chocolatey and dense. The recipe is below and I hope you try these out because they're so good. Let me know in the comment section if you would like baking posts in addition to what  I've been posting.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Benefit Dr. Feel Good

I have been dying to try Dr. Feel Good for about a year now based on the packaging alone. I had no idea what a "velvety complexion balm" was and when in Sephora I can usually find other things to take my mind off such conundrums. However after using other Benefit products and being extremely satisfied with them, I decided to give the doctor a try.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Insane Giveaways!

Here's two insanely awesome giveaways by two great bloggers, Makeup Monologue and painted Lady fingers!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rogue Bunny Rogue Contest!

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I have no connection with this contest; I'm just sharing it with you. Good Luck!

Eyes of the Day: Ocean Breathes Salty

I decided that I'm going to name all of my eyes of the day posts after songs. Why? Because I can and it's something fun I haven't seen anyone else do. So today's look is named after Modest Mouse's Ocean Breathes Salty.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eyes of the Day: Catch Hell Blues

This is a look I'm naming after the song by the White Stripes song because it's awesome. Anyways here's  pictures of it.

Hello Kitty Charmmy Eyeshadow Stick

Sephora and Hello Kitty are two of my weaknesses and when they're combined I sure can't say no and I admire the resistance I put up for months now. However I couldn't resist after trying Kimono on my hand. It's a lovely dark blue with a very subtle pink shimmer. Picture time!
Outside of the stick with Hello Kitty's signature (maybe?).

Friday, July 8, 2011

Seafoam Sparkles

This is possibly the best manicure I've had in a while. I love the color. I love the sparkles. I just love everything about it. Yum.

This is the base color. It is China Glaze in For Aubrey. I used two coats.

Sales! July 2011

HI everyone! I just checked my email and found some great sales so let me share with you!