Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Beauty Review | MAC Blush, 'PINK CULT'

Oh, hello CCO?
Going into a 'Cosmetics Company Outlet' took the trouble out of choosing from the mass of high-end makeup out there, I found the perfect 'me' blush.
On the cool side, making it more wearable for any season; to suit both my skin tone and fit my preference in colour. Light enough, to add to my pale skin, but not hit it with bright colour; this also made it foolproof blending-wise.
Discounted at £12.50. Still more than I would have usually paid for a blush, but only just more than an average drugstore foundation; and at £5 less than in-store, I was happy.

Name - PINK CULT (matte, pastel, cool toned pink) 6g

I am thoroughly impressed. Owned for over 5 months, and using it regularly, I have barely made a dent. Perfect amount of pigment for a blush; not too much, but also not powdery to where it won't have the lasting power. Still visible at the end of the day, I simply sweep it along my cheeks; not quite apples, not quite cheekbone, for a gorgeously natural flush. I will say that I don't enjoy the packaging, but that wouldn't put me off and it is exactly what you expect from MAC.

( Face swatch with both
natural light and table lamp light)
To anyone thinking of taking the high-end leap, in this case, it was fully worth saving up my money and splurging.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Video | 'Magic tricks'

 In starting my blog, I wanted to post once a day for the first week. To celebrate, I decided to round it off with something a little bit special

Meet magic, my aunt's Springer Spaniel, Collie cross
- and her quirks

Or If the icon doesn't seem to be working:

Friday, 25 October 2013

Holiday | 'A peek into my winter sun wardrobe and beauty bag', Lanzarote 2013

On the 25th of this month AKA TODAY, I'll be jetting off for a week in Lanzarote :); this is the start of my holiday series.

Lanzarote Oct2013

In general, I'm fairly unadventurous with my makeup and basic with my clothing; here's to hoping my blog will change that!


My simplistic mantra with all things fashion, echoes into my holiday wardrobe. Capsule, fewer patterns, so it is easier to make different looks with fewer pieces. As it is winter sun, I'm expecting it to be chillier in the evenings; hence the layers.

From L-R : Monsoon, Primark, Newlook, Topshop, The Factory Shop, Newlook.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thoughts | 'How now, brown brow'

A major insecurity of mine, are my eyebrows.

Through the nightmare of ripping a plaster and getting it stuck on my eyebrow - consequently pulling half of it off; to obsessively pluck pluck plucking them. I am a classic case of; can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

younger Amber*
Back to the plaster - A complete accident that I wouldn't want to repeat, but which actually lead to my first soirée into makeup. My mum, bless her heart, tried to draw it back on – hello Vicky Pollard! Don’t even ask what happened when it rained.

In the case of the plucking, I have always had lighter hair than eyebrows, it was more prominent with my younger blonder locks; which lead to an unsavoury nickname of ‘Hitler’ every now and then. Now, I don’t want to give the impression I was badly bullied, because I was far from; but kids have a sixth sense when it comes to others insecurities, and whether jokingly on not, can pick at it. Sometimes not just kids! Eyebrows were one of my weaknesses, as trivial as that may sound to some you, each to their own. This started my obsession with dying my hair darker to hide/take the attention away from them; and as it was the fashion, to pluck to my heart’s content. 
Thin brow phase

Since I've left school, people in general are so much less concerned with such things. Looking back, I don’t regret falling for peer pressure; it made me feel more confident, a bit like when you follow a fashion. What I do regret is, letting something as small as eyebrows bother me so much - I am under no illusion that this is far far down on the scale of problem magnitude, but self confidence can have such a domino effect on other aspects of our lives. I would like to disclaim that - this post isn't about self love; I wouldn't know where to start with that.I also don't want to preach; I am no expert.
'Thoughts', is exactly as it sounds: purely everyday, personal experiences/thoughts/trials/advice from a ordinary girl, that I feel inclined and confident sharing.

My moral of this littler rant
- Something that may bother you within your looks, from your lips to your legs, most likely won’t bother others. If that is not the case, insecurities people pick at when you are younger become less and less significant in later life(more often than not, the person doing the teasing is struggling with their own problems and compensating by turning the attention away from them). Styles are always changing, and as you get older your preferences differ and opinions change; as well as other aspects of life inevitably overriding the importance of the issue.

& lastly
I would be lying if I said my brows didn't still bother me: I am/we are after all, our biggest critics. But thanks to Miss Delevingne, and the genius of eyebrow grooming, I’m starting to smile about the brows god gave me!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Colour | 'All about ORANGE'

Orange is, and always has been, my favourite colour. I wonder whether being called Amber has anything to do with that?

 Although I adore the shade, and it looks gorgeous on others, I never thought I could pull it off myself. Having paler skin and lighter hair, it was difficult to find my hue. 

It is for me ,defiantly a statement.

My orange offerings

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Beauty | 'My 1st high-end makeup purchase'

Losing my Mac V, well , nearly.

My first high end makeup purchase at the age of 17 was SO exciting, and yes that makes me very 'insert insult here'. With limited funds, I thought carefully about what I would splurge on.

No.1, it had to be within my price range of, 'Owh that is more than I would usually pay',' less than outrageous’,and ‘I should get my money’s worth’.
No.2, something to use every day. I can understand the reasons why people buy more expensive makeup to use for special occasions only, but I wanted to get using.
No.3, I was after something neutral, a 'staple', so it wouldn't clash with my other makeup - or matter what clothes I wore.
No.4, as my lip colour and shadows change on an everyday basis, face product it was.
No.5, Base being more expensive, some sort of blush, highlight or bronzer would be for me.
No.6, MAC. It may be cliché, but it was my top choice of brand to try. Ticked the most boxes, and there was plenty of info to search online to make sure I didn't waste my money.

Same time next week will be a review of what I bought , MAC blush - shade 'PINK CULT'. 

Everyone has different beauty preferences,whether it be lips, sparkle or skincare; in this day and age, there is so much information around to help you find exactly what you are after.Don't be afraid to ask questions in-stores online/friends, the worst they can do is not respond. 
To some this may seem like an ordeal for a single piece of makeup, but to other over-thinkers on a budget like me, or even if you aren't, I hope this checklist helped.

 Wishing you joy with your luxury goodies.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Outfit of tomorrow | 'My Everyday Autumnal Staple'

This is nothing new, but I always plan a 'season staple' to gravitate towards for any day I just, do-not-know what to wear.

Essentially, 1 is jeans and a top, 2 being a jacket and a dress. Still, maybe it will prompt you to think of something suitable in your own wardrobe you hadn't considered beforehand. The template will work just as well with different colours, patterns or textures; all I would say is, best to keep it simple. 

Outfit 1, Casual (for any daily duties) 

Fine knit - Zara (I'm actually wearing it back to front as I prefer the neckline), fairly old, can’t remember the price – everywhere has offerings similar (I love cream, careful not to clash with any choice of makeup, shoes or accessories. Easy to switch out to thicker knits/tees/shirts to suit the mood of the day and accommodate the weather)
Skinny Jeans - Topshop 'Jamie' jeans £40 (can't go wrong with skinnies, these are marginally thicker for the colder weather and have a slight acid wash which adds a slight variation in pattern to my outfit, do switch out to preferred jeans style)
Boots – Clarks £45 (I always gravitate towards black boots as they go with most of my outfits the best (spec jacket I'm wearing), but brown/beige/taupe are also all very versatile)
Coat – Men’s H&M originally, I found at a bootsale for £3 (I am soso for the military trend, but this is a more subtle greyish-khaki-hue which fits into my wardrobe really well. Silver hardware which is my metal of choice. Fairly neutral, plus really comfortable, with plenty of space for more layers for when it gets colder)
Black Bag to match the outfit, Newlook £12.99 – wouldn’t recommend, broke on first use (I prefer a smaller cross body for every day, I often change up to a tote/bag)
Optional Fur trim band -trade stall £10, plenty on EBay and shops lately (covers up bad hair, keeps me snug, I would recommend for darker hair a lighter fur and for lighter hair a darker fur; not what I did!) or a scarf (I found both the fur trim and a scarf too much)

Outfit 2, Top notch 
(perf for impromptu night out)
1. Bracing for a fall, see it all over my face
2. Erring on a flamingo stance
LBD(Little black dress) - EBay £6.99 (long-sleeved to keep in the warmth, high neck so no fret about cleve, I fully intend to get a midi version, BEST VALUE BUY of this post imo)
Leather Jacket - Dorothy Perkins, present. IN LOVE (moto jackets, whether leather or not, fit in with many looks. My favourite coat, I find that makes anything look less formal)
Tights – M&S £6 (a must for the chill)
Thick, black heels – Primark £16 (change to accommodate for practicality, wedges and thick heels are more comfortable, still suits boots and pumps)
Lipstick - Rimmel, Kate Moss lasting finish No.107 (Autumn appropriate deep red lips as opposed to the brights I would usually wear at other times of year, great for evenings out as you rarely need to touch up)
The outfit is all black to allow me to wear it multiple times with no-one being any the wiser. I alternate accessories and play with colour accents for variety.

Sometimes I have too much choice (which I would never say is a bad thing!); but having these outfits in the back of mind means I'm always prepared to say 'yes, I'll be ready in 10'.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Recipe | 'Where America have the smore, England has ROCKY ROAD'

It is simply delicious; i'll let the photos do the tempting.


100g butter
200g digestive biscuits
- 300g chocolate (I suggest a mixture of milk and dark - the more dark, the richer the flavour.  My preference is 200g dark, 100g milk.)
1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
- Marshmallows to taste - my preference is 1-2 handfuls.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

'Post 1.0'

I love blogs, and as an avid reader for a few years now, I couldn't resist making my own. From beauty, art and fashion, to advice, media and food, AmBlog will be full of the things I love - or anything and everything I feel like sharing.
It is of course an added bonus, if anyone else loves it too.

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