Monday, 10 July 2017

Summery

Summary of the products from my collection, aiming to put the Sunflowers in the shade this Summer



bare minerals 'Neutralising' Primer ( part of 4 piece sampler set from TKMAXX, (gifted) £7.99 ) is a butter-yellow toned, non coverage product - so rather than turn the skin yellow, it slightly dulls/'neutralises' some of the redness. With neutral fair skin, I don't want anything too heavy or yellow to compete with that - but a light tint, and barrier works wonders. Smoothing, without feeling siliconey, it also boasts spf, although I use such a small amount, that I wouldn't rely on it to be my sole sunscreen.
Coupled with their oil control version in problem areas - that came from the same sampler set, and I discussed in my everyday makeup post - they are an unstoppable (to a certain celcius) duo.

I am also lucky enough to sample a selection of nars, thanks to the Cheek and Lip Palette circa 2015, and my overly generous cousins toasting me turning 21; the enclosed highlight in Albatros is what screams summer to me. Well maybe not on paper/in pan - looking stark white - but it's one of those deceiving, completely different from the pan products, as far from look chalky on the skin, it throws back gold. Being fair, this can be a bit too colourful - but lightly, it's gorgeously shiny and brings a new meaning to the phrase golden girls.
The RT Setting Brush (Amazon £2) has become my highlight's partner in shine, since it's more targeted than the one I used before, and the all over taper is a shape I generally like in brushes. With Albatros (and other bolder highlights) it's perfect to help work the shade in, to be more at one with the skin.




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

May Day

Weardrobe / Outfits from May 2017

Bingo wings became angel wings

thanks to a phase 8 jumper with a phase 10 bouji material mix, & batwing angel wings of 100% silk. Next level soft, grey fine knit jumper - on the longer side, it satisfies both comfort and confidence levels. Showing off these wings is the closest I'll ever be to a Victoria's Secret Angel, and it's also given me closure regarding the Clematis; 2 dreams come to an end.
But why is it that bingo wings are yummy, but not seen as so on your body!? I aim to embrace both this summer! #spreadmywings . Can I wing it anymore??? Ok I'm done.
Jumper - Phase 8 via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Debenhams via Barnados Charityshop (thriftfinds) £3


Totally Thrifted for Charity Tuesday
Jeans Shirt Jacket, originally from TOPSHOP UNIQLO & ZARA consecutively and IN CAPS. cos, branding, and cos they are capital worthy basics that I found for just over a tenner, all together, via charityshops. Secondhand options can swing both ways - unique, different items, and the plain simplest - as it's not just the one *type* of person that donate their unwanted goods in the aim of earning the charity some money. Denim and Jackets are prime examples with plenty of options secondhand, so you needn't spend alot; the 2 pictured here were in 'still stitched up pockets' (Blazer), and BNWT (jeans) condition - so it doesn't even have to mean second.
Blazer - Zara via The Rennie Grove Hopsice CharityShop, £2 / Shirt - UNIQLO via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.79 / Jeans - BNWT TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99


Fruit Pastel Frappe


After a weekend of a broken Mcdonalds Icecream machine leading me to assess our weekly habit - I went for the fruity option when it was up and running the next. You know, to be 'healthy'.
Do you remember Fruit Pastel Ice lollies? It's bang on the money

Monday, 12 June 2017

The A Team

Something you may not know about me is that I was actually called, and christened Joanna - my middle name being Amber - and for the majority of the way through school, I was the annoying one asking to be called something different for the first few registers. Mum and Dad came to their 'I prefer Amber' senses fairly early on, so it's all I've known - and before GCSE/qualifications came around (and the confusion that would cause) I changed it via deedpoll.



Apart from it being used strangely often to name the *harlet* in any given TV show (& the inaugural I.T class mate google coming up with Amber Smith the porn star.. which may explain the former), I'm very happy with my name.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Blooming Marvellous

Weardrobe / Outfits from April 2017
You know the 'floral's for spring, groundbreaking' sarcasm in The Devil wears Prada (or the subsequent meme)?, well it's happening, and whilst some like Streep say Bloomin Heck, I say Bloomin Marvellous! Thanks partly to lovely weather, in April everything bloomed, and I couldn't help but be inspired - and like lighting up the Barbecue as soon as the sun's out or buying a sledge after the slightest smattering of snow - I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.


The 'Amber'
Outfit Formula
If I were to describe myself in an outfit photo, full of favourites, it would be this. Primarily thrifted. Often incl my Treasured taupe coat, with a cost-per-wear ratio I don't think I'll ever beat. Smile (since I can't do nonchalant), and a background in bloom. The later is definitely a side effect of blogging.
Without blogging (and said outfit shots) Flower's would still be a favourite, but Clematis is my true spirit flower, that I could have easily indulged in as the background for the full month's installment. Instead, I made the most of it with another quintessentially Amber area - my everyday makeup - that may have slipped under the radar thanks to a subsequent impromtu post. Also full of favourites, I talk great reliable makeup and techniques that work for me, whilst living the dream as a flower fairy. >




Trench - Primark via Relate CharityShop, £1 / Shirt - REISS via Cancer Research CharityShop, £5.65 / Jeggings - UNIQLO via British Red Cross CharityShop, £1 / Converse - Office, Gifted


Rhododendrons and an illfitting conundrum

I used to have some magenta jeans back when coloured jeans were all the rage, and my matchy matchy affinity would have loved to have a photo featuring them and these beautiful blooms - but alas, it seems I have managed to get rid of a few clothes over the years. I'm left with more conventional denim, with a slight stretch, bought years ago from a peacocks sale. Minimal distressing which borders on wondering whether it was in production or by falling over - I'm itching to cut off the hems. For now folded, flirting with hint of F&F frill, and my fab nude mac that I'm still in denial is too snug. Now let me concentrate so I don't rip it whilst taking the photo.
Coat - Dorothy Perkins (via BHS), £20 (giftcard) / Top - F&F via Oxfam Charity Shop, £2.99 / Jeans - Peacocks, £5 / Loafers - Primark, £6


Pear Tree giving the Cherry a run for it's money

Invasion of the imitators
Blue denim shirt dresses were the wait ages for one and 2 come along at once item for me; it's F&F takes on TOPSHOP, and here's to the underdog. It's thinner, and shaped more like a longline shirt - I must have left it cuffed when it went in the wash, so when they came out semi unraveled all I could think of was (accidental) fashionable, exadurated cuffs. Unexpectedly cool!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stand beside ME


It's #meawarenessday and Mum has gone off to the #millionsmissing protest in London, whilst Dad has come home from work to have lunch with me. I am so fortunate, to have people around me who love and support me wholeheartedly - and without them, I know I wouldn't be much more than my M.E.
As yet, there's no effective treatment protocol, so it depends heavily on the people around you as to how you're able to manage - be it medical, social, emotional support or financial. There should be options open to everyone, but sadly this is not the case for many illnesses, and although funding, recognition and research all takes time - having an open mind/compassion does not.
It's people fighting the fight (patients and supporters alike), and you don't have to/aren't expected to fully understand it - god know's we don't - but support and compassion, may be the only current (& most important) treatment plan.

- If you're interested in understanding more about M.E, I'd recommend this fellow blogger's brilliant metaphor which has made it millennial
💙

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fail Safe Face (a few years later)

Longtime readers may remember my 'fail safe face'; aka, 'everyday' makeup routine I feel confident to call upon, for any occasion. Well believe it or not, that was 2 years ago!
To quote that post (& plenty of other people, I don't take full credit), 'while somethings change, some stay the same', & I'd be interested to see what has changed 'beauty' wise for me, now that I've turned 23
*bar living the dream as a flower fairy*

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Marching into Spring

Weardrobe / Outfits from March 2017

Slice of that Loaf

I'll have a slice of that style
I'd been looking for some smart shoes that weren't boots, and they ended up being closer and cheaper than I ever could have hoped for; one floor away infact, and free, thanks to mum's winter shoe sorting.
I went through a phase of wearing loafers to school, but these are definitely a step up from shoe-zone's finest. ^ Vintage Clarks - higher quality than I could afford new, in the size I hoped for, but hadn't yet found thrifted - you can really see how styles come right back around. I personally prefer the plainer of the 2 pairs, but it doesn't hurt that the other's buckle is really on trend, and hand-me-down is a risk free way to try the trend out.
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins, £10 / Loafers - Clarks, hand me down

I call this 'Iced Latte'

When your drink matches your aesthetic
All black, a great backdrop for a great jacket - and yes, I definitely have too many jackets in similar tones, but they are all different, and I'm an 'If it ain't broke, buy another one' kinda girl. This example from Zara, £2 in still stitched pockets condition, maintains that the total cost of my collection is less than £20 - a lot less than I've spent cumulatively on the coffee. It makes sense that I like the drink, since I am obsessed with the colour (although I'm not really that extra). & yes, Nero is the best.
Jacket - Zara via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Primark, £10 / Bag - Newlook, Gifted

Size Sack
Why you should search every secondhand every section

I love my denim shirt dresses, but with 2 very similar, it can look repetitive, even when I haven't been outfit repeating. So when I saw a black, T-shirt style denim dress - originally TOPSHOP - it was worth a second look. Size 6 that is beyond oversized (wouldn't be surprised if it was wrongly sized), it's not the most flattering of things - but it leans more exaggerated artist overalls than bin bag. It would also make the perfect canvas (pardon the pun) for a little DIY. Distressing? Patches? Reconstruction? Who am I kidding?