Wednesday, 31 December 2014

AmBlog 2014 Highlights

Top 10 posts of 2014 // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 12

I turned 20, I'm a certified A-Level down; Beauty Bargains, Holidays, and many smiles in between. Talk of today's blogpost? A recap on 10 of those favourite moments, captured here on my blog this year. Tschüs 2014.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Wardrobe | 5* of 2014

2014 Wardrobe Favourites // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11
Time to take a trip down memory lane to the 5 wardrobe essentials, circa 2014, that truly rocked my socks off.
/ The items I repeat within a week.
/ The Shortlist of the items I repeat within a week.


Monday, 29 December 2014

Beauty | 5* of 2014

2014 Beauty Favourites // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10
Before the New Year, New Me, New Makeup chanting starts, I want to give some AmBlog airtime to 5 Beauty products of this year I really rate.



Sunday, 28 December 2014

Life | Christmas Day

Christmas Day 2014 // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 9
'Christmas time, no mistletoe, but wine'. & more. On a Christmas day full of festive cheer and traditions, from my unsuspecting family, here in England. (A cuppa and that last mince pie would be a good idea right about now)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Outfit | 'Orange is the New Black'

Christmas Outfit ft.Cracker Hat // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8

It was simply a matter of time before this post name cropped up. Whenever I get the chance to get my glad rags on, I rise to the occasion; throw in some orange, and I'm a very happy Amber. I also have this Topshop Finest in Black too - match made in post title heaven.


Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Christmas Card

Smith Sibling Christmas Card // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 6
The ghost of forced Christmas photos past has had a 21st century revamp.
Christmas wishes from Smith Siblings old and new, young and old, original and recreation 
Hope it made you chuckle.

Happy Holidays all, hope your day is more frown upside down
x

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Review | Too Faced 'Jingle all the Way' Palette

Too Faced 'Jingle all the Way' Palette Review // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 4

Sephora exclusive, 2 words an English Girl never wants to hear. Apparently, it did once live in the UK, but nomore, and unless you're willing to spend $75 in one go, shipping is extortionate. Gloom.
Turned to Christmas Cheer. The Sephora Gods are looking down on me this gift giving season, and spread their seed to TKMaxx's far and wide, with the Too Faced 'Jingle all the Way' Palette release.







Monday, 22 December 2014

Life | Dec the Halls

Christmas Decorations 2014 // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 3

Christmas Jumper, Antler Hairband and Mariah Carey in tow, the Smith Household was festified.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Nails | 'Sprinkle of Snowflakes'

Elsa Manicure // 12 days of Christmas, Day 2
Nail art, glitter, snow. My inspiration hails from yesturday's Muse, Elsa, from Frozen - if that even needs saying. You can't do Elsa or any Disney Princess justice, without a mani to match.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Face | Elsa

Elsa // 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1
Today I'm aiming for Princess - Idena Mendez voiced, legendary character from Frozen, Queen Elsa. For anyone who says Disney films are only for kids, 1. you're wrong. 2, Frozen will prove you wrong. 3. You'll enjoy being wrong. Watch it - it's on my Christmas list.
For those looking to get a little snow chic into your makeup, this could easily pass as Saturday night out wearable, or a venture into the world of colour. Designated dressing up do's, festive or otherwise. Or those considering a career change/move into Disney impersonators - apparently there's big bucks in kids parties - your Elsa makeup is sorted. Royalties welcome.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Thrift Finds | November 2014

The magical month, where personal purchases are still socially acceptable, and the onslaught of Christmas Shopping hasn't yet left you a quivering wreck. November is the time for Thanksgiving, and Black Friday - which is now a thing here? I dodged all of that, going straight for the Bargains both a few on the highstreet, and a few in the charity shops. But I do give thanks, to the Thrift Gods being so kind to me this month.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

AmBlogstagram | 'Oh Christmas Tree'


So that was my Thursday nigh.
Marks 2 Weeks till Granny's stockings, Doctor Who special, and the biggest communal/national food baby ever made
- get excited.
X

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Buys | Skincare Overhaul

Skin is one of my biggest insecurities, but ironically, I probably spend the least amount of time and money on it in my routine. Oily spot prone, I may not be at the anti-aging stage, but it's definitely been lacking some TLC.

It was pointed out to me that if your skin is better, you not only feel better, but the whole makeup process is better - smoother application, you use less, yada yada. But, expensive fancy creams, and time consuming routines, just don't match the beauty/appeal of that shimmery eyeshadow or pout paint on your neverending wishlist. Skincare spend limits were low, and in turn I've tried many Highstreet lotions and potions - cue current £3 face wash, same said for moisturiser, £4 concealer - to no improvement avail.
'3 for 2' in Boots was the, boot, I needed to change my ways - making each product £10 each, which was low enough for my conscience to bare.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Recipe | Full of Fondue




Tuesday-cheat-day

RECIPE
1/2 Giant Galaxy Bar (currently on offer in Morrissons for £2)
1/3 Cup of Cream
Knob of Butter
1/2 Cup of Milk
- Melt over a bain-marie

DIPPERS
A few of your five a day to beat the guilt - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas
& Marshmellows

Share - or don't.
Any left? Stir a dollop into hot milk as a deluxe hot choc *heart eyed emoji*.

Excuse me whilst I drown in Galaxy Fondue & fall into a chocolate coma

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Outfit | Kaleidoscope

The first option to ring in Loosely's 21st year.
Did I hear a Champagne? & those heels? Ooo-er. Struggled a little just standing and smiling for a photo or 2.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Take Note | Quiz 'Dress Your Nails' Competition

You know the suggestion, match your shoes to your bag - but how about, match your nails to your dress? I always aim for complimentary manicures for nights out, but making it extra snazzzy by mirroring your OOTD to NOTD, and you're in with a chance at £100 worth of vouchers.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wardrobe | My Camel

My Camel Coat quest is over.
That well loved 60's classic has followed us into the 21st century, and reserved a spot in my wardrobe. 2 spots actually, and i'm leaving you to decide on whether I made the right decision on which one to keep.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Beauty | 'Face by 3'



For any beauty newbies, I would always point in the direction of RT brushes. They have everyone covered, are great quality, and the price is just right. But the options are vast, so I put myself to the test to see if I could master a whole face of makeup with one set. 3 brushes, for everything from base to last place - even forgoing my fingers.
Some of you may have already heard me sing my praises of the RT Duo Fibre Brush Collection in yesterdays review. Well today I'm ringing true on my promise to show it's capabilities, and prove that an entire makeup routine, can be mastered, with the use of a little ingenuity and that very set.

Welcome to my bed. Bit forward I know, but we've been going steady for over a year now, & I'm willing to share.
That fresh face? Comes free with the bed. Don't worry, it improves as the post goes along.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Review | Real Techniques 'Duo Fibre Collection'

The star of a birthday wishlist a while back, this 'Limited Edition Brush' set seems to have overstayed it's timeline, and become permanent - so as a cheers to that decision, here are my thoughts on it's making up abilities.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Thrift Finds | October 2014

Nearly up to date with these, my favourite feature, monthly thrift finds.
The only shopping at home, have been foodwise, and regular trips to Currys PC World - you know that time when everything breaks at once? - but, my trip to Manchester left me some pennies lighter, so this Sunday is the day to share my wears.











Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review | No7 'Stay Perfect/Precise' Eyeliner

The star of my 'I Robot' Halloween look, this liner proves it's multi-tasking properties as my lipstick. But today is my review of how it holds up in the day job, on the lids.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Take Note | Glamour mag ft. Nails inc

Guess who's back? Back again?
Glamour mag's December issue, and it's full of fabulous freebies yet again. Like last year, there are 4 Nails inc, full sized nail polishes to pick from. Ofcourse I bought all 4 - each of the colours were so, tempting. & the shop was newly stocked, so I feel no guilt.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Snippets & Snapshots | October 2014

Had a blissful trip to Manchester at the beginning of the month, but October has been hard. & frankly I'll be glad to have it gone. If you're not up for gholish nights on the town to night, let me entertain you with ghoulish faces of the month and other goings on in my monthly montage, for photos that don't fit into another post.

Poker Face / My eyes are up here / My favourite face
New Armour / Spider as big as my hand *wide eyed emoji* / Summer officially over

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Face | 'I Robot'


I didn't start the magic that is messing around with makeup - in aid of halloween - early enough to make a series (which you know is my favourite setup), but I didn't want to leave any readers still stuck for ideas without even a smidge of inspiration. Or it to not feature atall on my blog.
I wanted to do a half real, and half halloween look - cos somehow real life objects can be a lot more scary than make believe. Like that Doctor Who 2D special I just caught up with - terror. The cliche half dead thought came to mind, but that's been done a hundred times & this is a beauty blog, so I didn't want to be all guts and gore. I scoured through my 'may give away' makeup products, and these metallic cream colours gave me the Robot idea.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Thrift Finds | BOOTSALE

Peaspottage Bootsale. Not even that early on Sunday. 100s of cars full. Pennies/£6.40. Holy mother of bargainess hauls.

Friday, 24 October 2014

1st Bloggerversary!

What a decision I'm SO glad I made - who knew rambles on a blogger template could be so therapeutic?
To Quote my first post, 53 views strong, worthy of 3 full 9-5 days wages with the chopping and changing and stress. But also the butterflies.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Life | 'Tea Time'

Saturday 11th October 2014
Last year was the time, that 'high tea' was the thing newly 20 year olds were doing to celebrate  - cos you know it's SO grown up. No mocking I swear. It was all over my Facebook timeline. Come 21st, it's a saunter up the shard which personally, terrifies me. So whilst being behind on the tea trend, the petrified of heights thing meant I spent my £25, on the previous. Well actually, I managed to bag an empty seat to my parents gifted tea trip. My mum's been really unwell, so for her it's been rescheduled. But the backup spot was delicious, and definitely worth sharing with you all. & I'm not talking a tea bag and Mcvities digestive here - crust cut sandwiches, cream tea, and a-few-bites desserts, of worthwhile (conversation and )calories.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thoughts | 4 Nil?

Without getting too Eminem on you all, life is a battle. Everyone has an enemy, a demon, a struggle - my biggest is M.E. Around this time, marks the fourth year of it's distruction; whilst this is a downright horrible realisation, rather than dwell, I wanted to share some positive, otherwise obsolete, outcomes. Basically a silver lining or few.

Closer with my Parents.
The 'I want my own life itch' is there, but I've never been someone who is rushing to escape the clutches of my mum and dad. I am treated as an equal, though I still feel their protection and unwavering support and love, for which I am very lucky and grateful. I wish I wasn't dependent on them, but hope to find a way to give it back.

Basking in baked goods. How's that Uni food working out for you?

General more tolerance for the hard things, and appreciation for the little things. Don't get me wrong, the day to day gripes people make mountains out of mole hills, bug me. But I like to think I can empathise, and appreciate that all may not be as it seems in someones life. That and enjoying simply writing a post. Or buying a new lipstick - It doesn't have to be all bright neon flashing lights.

People. No, I'm not at Uni. Or work. Or equvalent, meeting new people, which I where I want to be. But some I've come to know better, and those friendships have substance I never realised was missing before. For example, would I have visited my cousins at 17. Would I have subsequently visited, called, texted, emailed, too and frow. Would I have been asked to be Godmother? I doubt it.


THIS BLOG. I doubt this would be fixture in my 'If I never had M.E' life, but now I can't picture me without it. The biggest difference? This really is an aspect of my life I can say I'm proud of.

Amber 5:4 Enemy
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