Monday, 2 February 2015

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Me wearing one coat, for a more natural appearance

There is no denying that I am a cosmetics junkie, I fell in love with makeup at a very early age.  One of my favourite pastimes as a little girl, was to lie on the bed and watch my mother transform herself.  Not only in the way she appeared, but a very noticeable change took place in the way she behaved afterwards, her smile was more radiant and her mood lighter. I now understand this as confidence.

I have worked in the cosmetics industry for many years, selling both in makeup and hair products and without exception, everybody is looking for a miracle product that will either alter or enhance us.  For many girls the Holy Grail is the perfect foundation, to achieve the appearance of flawless skin. Personally being of fair complexion with freckles I gave up this quest long ago, as foundation would often make me appear mask like.  I discovered that I looked far better with a more natural look, so I opted for a good tinted moisturiser,  I love the Bobbie Brown tinted balm which has a rich texture, perfect for a slightly more mature skin and contains a sunscreen.

Eyes are what I love to focus on, I am fascinated by eyes, you can change your whole image just by altering the way you apply your eye make up.  So my Holy Grail is the perfect mascara. Over the years I have tried, tested and spent a fortune over the cosmetic counters, just looking for the one that would make my lashes appear fuller and longer, without the problem of clogging or flaking. I hate it when you apply your mascara in the morning and by late afternoon its has all but flaked off. From Chanel to Maybelline I have tried them all, Charlotte Tilbury was the front runner for a long time but inevitably flaked, the plus for this brand was that you could reapply over and over and it did not clog.

Model Wearing two coats of 3D Fibre Lashes

Recently I was introduced to Younique's 3D Fibre Lashes Mascara, which I have to say is definitely the best mascara I have ever used.
At first I was sceptical, I have extremely sensitive eyes making it usually impossible to entertain any mascara containing fibre's.  Younique products however are totally natural, the fibres are made of green tea leaves and I have been using it now everyday for just over three weeks and have experienced zero sensitivity.  I did initially however have issues with the fibres shedding, I now realise this was due to my application rather than a defect in the product.  It is imperative that you coat all the lashes using the transplanting gel, as the fibres are dry and need something to stick to.
I had originally applied over mascara which is an option, but now I prefer to use without as I can see exactly where I have applied the gel.  I am also blessed with reasonable lashes, so this is sufficient for me.  If you have shorter or finer lashes you may want to use a light coat of your usual mascara first.

The best method for me has been demonstrated in this short video, I always have my fibre tube open and ready, so that I can apply immediately after the transplanting gel and before it has time to dry.
This is why it is better to make up one eye at a time.
I also am not the neatest at applying mascara so I have a Q Tip at the ready to swipe away any loose fibres that may have escaped during application.  Once on however, this mascara is there until you remove it.  Which can be done by using any usual eye makeup remover quite easily, in fact I have found it easier to remover than some of the normal mascaras I have used in the past.

Priced at £23 it is amongst the more expensive ranges, but its packaging exceeds all brands.  Presented in a strong quilted box, of similar style and quality to spectacle case.
I can honestly say I love this product, for me I feel I have found my Holy Grail.
If you should wish to try Youniques amazing mascara for yourself just click on the link below.

Saturday, 9 November 2013


Over on  My Own Poetry Corner  I have been trying to use mine.  It's been a long time since I have written anything .. So it feels good. 
Please take a couple of minutes to pop over and take a look, I am really pleased with them. xx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Memories, Memories & My Favourite Childhood Books By Ruth Johnston - Well Tree Learning

My Beautiful son attempting to read

I was invited to be guest author on this wonderful website dedicated to learning.  I hope you enjoy it.
Please if you do leave a comment on their site xx

Memories, Memories & My Favourite Childhood Books By Ruth Johnston - Well Tree Learning

Monday, 17 September 2012

People Aren't Strange... They Can Be Wonderful

Well the book both in kindle and print is totally live on Amazon form this morning. Please if you are purchasing in the UK be aware that it could take up to ten days to arrive, as it is a print on demand service here.  

I am overwhelmed by the support I have had from everyone, real life and cyber buddies.  Especially the people, who I have never met, yet they have been kind enough to take the time to write me a review on the Xlibris and Amazon websites.  

Apparently there is a lot riding on reviews, ratings and stats. 
So thank you all.

I have copied and pasted them so you can read them here..

There is a link to the book on the top right hand corner of this page, just click on the photo of me in my knickers. 

In The Man in the Moon, Johnson writes about her love of her dying father. She tells beautifully of her early childhood memories and you can almost smell the sandlewood she describes in the poem. The love of her life is profound, deeply moving, suggestive and a shared darkness between daughter and father is evident.

For Johnson a poem is a performance, the declaration of a certain moment in time. First Blood has you disturbed for the start. It's violent and dark and visions are untouchable. The poem gains from leaving the unsaid.

The personal poems are suberb. The collection is full of spontaneity and wildness. A must buy is this debut of modern verse and soul baring.
Delyth Potts 
Ruth gives us a view of life through her own style of poetry. Seeing a world full of experiences through her eyes and relaying with chilling honesty and rawness. Well done Ruth I love your modern unemcumbered words.
From the beginning, Ruth Johnston catches the reader pleasantly off guard with her cutting edge poem 'First Blood' and immediately shifts gears with the emotional words dedicated to her father in 'The Man in the Moon', a touching tribute to her late father. The heart of this little girl is revealed with her words:

“Even in death you showed me,
there’s nothing to fear.”
…while the soul of the woman is exposed in 'High Heels':

“I love to wear high heels
I am addicted to them.” 

In 'Today', Ruth says, “Today I want to be twenty-three” and sometimes in this wonderful book, she is.
Just as you settle in, again she shifts and honestly reminds us of how we all feel from time to time in 'Invisible Indeed':

“I am invisible
Camouflaged in the corner”

The photography is all Ruth and her creative juices flow with the shot of her dogs positioned so their legs form the shape of a heart and the nature shots (is Absolut Citron natural?) are exquisite, sometimes golden with reflection and other times white with the silence of snow.

Ruth’s book, 'Word Intoxication', is one I am proud to own…and you will be too!
Don't let Ruth's looks fool you. While it's true she's beautiful, she also has the soul of a poet. Her candor and use of imagery on the page is like a cold splash of water on the reader's face. This book will startle and amaze. It is very highly recommended.
S. Swartz 
This gorgeously presented book will intoxicate you with the power and beauty of Ruth's language
Word Intoxication
“Wildernesschic Poetry”
By: Ruth Johnston

As I breathed in her words and exhaled beauty and brilliance, I was captured…..
I started reading word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page…. I was drawn into a truly mesmerizing beauty of a poetic storm….
Poetess Ruth Johnson reaches out and touches your very heart with every drop of passionate energy she can channel…. I found myself being embraced, kissed, comforted, slapped, tickled and caressed all the while being made love too through each and every word, as they flowed off the pages….
I truly enjoyed the photographic artistry that flowed so effortlessly in between each poem to give you a perfect visual, as you journey through the wilderness of Poetess Ruth Johnson’s emotions, passion and creative breath of each and every magical word….
Being a Poet as well, I could truly appreciate and enjoy being truly captured and ripped into wonderful artistic pieces, as I breathed in her words and exhaled brilliance and beauty…..

Reviewed By: De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. “Author of “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me””
De Ann Townes Jr. 

From Amazon 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Poetry 8 Sep 2012
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I must admit that I am not a great reader of poetry but this book took my eye and I was not disappointed. The author has obviously experienced life which has been reflected in her writing. It struck a chord with me.

Really an excellent ead an
d leaves something to reflect upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intimacy that draws the reader into her experience 9 Sep 2012
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It was author Paul GaIlico, in his 1946 book `Confessions of a Story Writer', who wrote: "It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.' In reading this debut book of poetry by Ruth Johnston, you can feel that imprint of the self, that level of emotion, in every piece.

In an alternating slideshow of verse and photographs, Johnston lets slip what must take courage to reveal, with an intimacy that - much like the work of the celebrated confessional poets - draws the reader into her experience.

In "Killing Me Softly" she pushes the gas pedal into a looming darkness, and we rush headlong into it with her; in "Sea Echoes" she dances into light, and we join her in the dance. In "The Passing" she mourns her father and the inevitability of death, and we mourn with her; in "The Man in the Moon" she comes to terms with life proceeding without him, and we, like her, rediscover life.

Johnston's voice is honest, unvarnished, raw; and it is precisely this rawness of emotion that is intoxicating, that ultimately draws you into her poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Word Intoxication September 17, 2012
I am a regular (addicted) reader of Ruth's poetry. What made this book special for me is the combination of her photos with the written word. We have to be thankful for the ability to self publish, otherwise her imagery might not have been available for us to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-to-heart expression September 18, 2012
Ruth Johnston and I are Twitter friends; that is, virtual friends who have never met but know each other nonetheless. Ruth has been an early supporter of my work as a writer. I am deeply grateful for her in my life. Though an ocean separates us, I have come to know her. This book that she has bravely written and published is an expression of her heart, an open heart. The photography that accompanies her heartfelt words is stunning, as is she, inside and out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Preview 19 Sep 2012
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I have only read the preview and I was hooked!
Can't wait to get a copy in my hands and indulge myself in this book.
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

"An Intoxicating Journey with Ruth Johnston"

Please take a moment to visit Vee's blog today and read her review of my book, which is now available from Amazon both .com and in kindle format, the printed version will be available within the next couple of weeks.

An Intoxicating Journey with Ruth Johnston: WordIn...

Thank you Vee, I am delighted that you enjoyed it xx

Word Intoxication: Wildernesschic Poetry  Amazon link 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Think Style Not Fashion

I love the way young girls are wearing their these days.  All piled up on top, in a messy bun.

But girls, think balance, shape, style and symmetry.

If you have a huge ass and wear leggings.. 

You are going to resemble a Cottage Loaf.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

"Word Intoxication" by Ruth Johnston First Review

The book is here, the printed copy and I have to admit I am delighted with the result.  Personally I prefer the soft cover version, it is easier to handle and the finish is much classier.  
The hardback in my honest opinion, is a little too shiny, so not worth the extra cash. 

I would love to share with you my first review, written by someone who’s work I greatly admire.  The wonderful poet and author Wayne Tolbert.  Please take a look at his work, you will understand how humbling his words are for me.

Review of Word Intoxication by Wayne Tolbert 

"From the beginning, Ruth Johnston catches the reader pleasantly off guard with her cutting edge poem First Blood and immediately shifts gears with the emotional words dedicated to her father in "The Man in the Moon", a touching tribute to her late father.  The heart of this little girl is revealed with her words:

Even in death you showed me, 

there’s nothing to fear.”

…while the soul of the woman is exposed in "High Heels":

“I love to wear high heels 

I am addicted to them.”

 In "Today", Ruth says, “Today I want to be twenty-three” and sometimes in this wonderful book, she is. 

 …and again she shifts and honestly reminds us of how we all feel from time to time in Invisible Indeed:

I am invisible 

Camouflaged in the corner” 

 The photography is all Ruth and her creative juices flow with the shot of her dogs positioned so their legs form the shape of a heart and the nature shots (is Absolut Citron natural?) are exquisite, sometimes golden with reflection and other times white with the silence of snow. 

Ruth’s book, Word Intoxication, is one I am proud to own…and you will 
be too!"

My own coffee table book

I am overwhelmed that so many of you, want to buy my book.
I previously posted that I can offer you a better price using my author discount.  What I had  taken into account was postage, within the UK P&P is £2, international orders obviously will be more expensive.  

I have spoken to the publisher this morning and the book is available now on line direct from them and should be available through Amazon within the next few weeks.  As it is a print on demand service please allow ten days for delivery.

I am still ordering a number of books for friends Monday. 
Please let me know if you still wish me to buy one for you.  
If you would prefer to order through Xlibris or Amazon, the links to the Xlibris sites (UK and USA) are below and I will add Amazon as soon becomes available.

Thank you again for your support 
Love Ruth xx

There are now a few more reviews showing on the .com website (second link below) click on customer reviews, if you would like to read them.  Once again a huge thank you for taking the time.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

An Interview With Helena Halme

My last post about publishing Exciting Times proved to be so popular, I thought it may be interesting to continue the theme.  I intend talking to a few fellow writers about their experiences, asking them, how and why they write, if they had been published and whether they would consider self publishing.  

Helena Halme 

Today we are starting with one of my blogging pals, now turned published author, Helena Halme.  I have always been a fan of Helena’s blog and I am delighted that she has published “The Englishman”.

Tell me a little about yourself

I was born in Finland and came to the UK nearly 30 years ago. Because my husband served in the navy, we moved about a lot, finally settling down in Wiltshire where we lived for 15 years in a very rural setting. Two years ago we decided we’d had enough of country life, upped sticks and moved to the city. And haven’t looked back.
When did you realise you wanted to write?
I began writing when growing up in Finland, but it took me years to gain the confidence to write fiction in English. It wasn’t until my early forties that I enrolled on a MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Since then I’ve been writing non-stop (try stopping me!). 
What do you write?
I write fiction, mainly novels set in Finland and Sweden. Since my MA I’ve written three novels. The Englishman is a romantic tale of love across oceans. I also write blog, Helena’s London Life, about my escapades in the city.  
The Englishman is published digitally by Kindle and Smashwords. How did that come about?

The Englishman started out as a series of posts on my blog, Helena’s London Life, and became so popular with my readers that I decided to make it into a fully fledged novel. The Englishman, is set in Finland in the 1980’s and was inspired by my own story of how I met my husband and moved to the UK. It’s my third novel, but the one which is most closely based on my own life. 

Over the years I’ve had a few close calls with agents, but they always ended with, ‘You write well, but I’m not sure where I’d place this novel.’ I know exactly where to ‘place’ my novel - on Kindle and Smashwords!

Was it easy to publish a book?

Ah, well, on paper it’s easy. But, there are several issues which you only find out once you start the process. I was determined to publish a professional product and decided to employ an editor, even after The Englishman had been read and edited several times by friends, journalists and family members. It was amazing how even after all these corrections, Dorothy Stannard, my brilliant editor found spelling mistakes and inconsistencies in the story. 

I also decided to go to a professional cover designer, Simon Wilder. He took my ideas, and matched them with the words of the book. I think it’s really important that you get these two major things right before you start to do battle with formats and legal issues.

Formats and legal issues? You’re scaring me now… 

Yes, well…I worked very hard on making the Englishman sound and look professional. But when I looked more closely at the actual publishing process,  I realised I needed to read a whole lot of bumph to make sure the original word document was suitable for Kindle and Smashwords. It was all a bit daunting, but in the end, Dorothy, my long suffering editor just cleaned the document of all funny spaces, paragraphs and formats. It seemed the the golden rule in e-publishing is, the simpler the format, the better. 

The legal issues involved a US tax code. I am quite used to dealing with the tax authorities (I’m an accountant by profession here in the UK), but even for me it was a definite first to have to phone the IRS to apply for a tax ID! The Kindle site has very good instructions on all of this, so it really isn’t as bad as it sounds at first. All I’d say is, that if you have a publication date in mind, put it back by a few weeks. This way you can deal with the last minute, ‘bloody hell, I didn’t know I had to do that too!’ moments.

So what’s next after The Englishman?  

I’m doing final edits on my next novel to be published. Pappa’s Girl is a story about a Finnish immigrant family who move to Stockholm in the early 1970’s. Lisa, the youngest of two daughters, is a teacher in Stockholm. She’s been estranged from her father since the violent break-up of her parent’s marriage. One day she receives a phone call from him with news that her grandmother is dying, and decides to make the journey back to her home town in Finland. 

Pappa’s Girl will be available on Amazon later this autumn.

If you would like to read Helena’s book you can download it here direct from Smashwords or Amazon, you can also follow her on Twitter and she has a Facebook page.  All links are below 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Exciting Times

“So, who are you and what do you do?”...

How many times I have been asked this question in life.  Somehow, judgements, whether they are right or wrong in their presumption, are often made on my answer.  

I do many things and have been many things to many people, but, the true description of what I now feel I am, is an artist.  I have always appreciated style and beauty.  For years I have enjoyed making people look pretty, by styling them.  Their hair, makeup, clothing even their homes.  I thrive on a quest for the perfect french chandelier or an art deco evening bag and will spend hours trawling junk shops, attic sales and Ebay, for that perfect something.  In a local gift store, people have been known to rummage through my trolley, mistaking it for display. It has been said that I possess an eye.

There is nothing I love more than enhancing that natural beauty within and unconsciously search for it in daily life.  The way a shadow falls, or the light filtering through boarding on an abandoned building.  There is beauty and emotion everywhere, now I love to capture it either by sketching, photographing, or writing about it.  

After much persuasion, from people who’s opinions I hold with tremendous respect.  I decided to publish a book of my poems. The artist in me wanted to create something a little different.  I thought if I used a few of my images, it would make it more visually appealing and compliment the words.  It was never about the money, it rarely is with me, I am always motivated by the heart first.  

Of course what I hadn’t considered in this quest, was the cost of publishing, so when the publisher gave me the price the completed book would eventually retail at, I nearly wept.  I felt that I had created a very beautiful thing, that would never sell.  Personally I would love to gift you all a copy, but my husband would kill me.  So back to the drawing board. 

Had this book been in black and white, it would be a whole different story, yet so would the book.  I began to experiment with black and white, but after seeing the full colour book, well, it felt disappointing.  So, working closely with the production team, we have reformatted the book reducing the page count, which then reduced the price a little.

I have also made the decision to forgo my royalties.
I repeat, it has never been about the money.

I just want to produce a book that I am proud of, that I would enjoy reading myself and as it is dedicated to my dad, I wanted it to be perfect.  Poetry is never going to set the world on fire, unlike “Fifty Shades,” but sometimes a poem can really touch a part of your soul as you identify with the writer. 

"One of the things a poem can do
Is remind us of what
We forgot we knew"
Brian Patten

So many people have been so supportive and lovely about wanting to buy my book and I am delighted and humbled by their support.  I know it will be a lovely “Coffee Table Book” containing, I hope, a poem and images for everyone. It will be available to order online at £17.99 SB and £24.99 HB from Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes and Noble. I am not yet sure of which UK stores will be stocking it.

What I intend to do for all my followers and Facebook page friends, who wish to purchase my book, is to take pre orders.  Where I can buy the book using my author discount and be able to provide everyone copy at a more reasonable price of £12.99 for the soft cover and £17.99 for hard back.  I will even sign it for you if you like ... Giggle.  

So please if you would like a copy please email me at  I do not want any money now,  I only wish to know how many books I need to order.

So now when the next person asks me, what do I do, I could answer, with a huge smile, that I am a published poet.  
Even though I won’t have changed, I am still a full time housewife and mother,  I do have to admit to owning a sense of accomplishment.