Friday, 28 February 2014

Snippets & Snapshots | February 2014

Photos that made the shortlist of my monthly montage

Chubby Bunny challenge
ft.The Smiths
Best student Birthday Card
 I ever did see

Valentines Flowers / close 2nd on the card front

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Take Note | Part Time

Could I be any more cliched with my choice of photo?
Trying to keep my love of landscape photos on the DL here on my blog;
 does it make me an old woman?
As you probably noticed, I had a blogging frenzy in the earlier part of February with a post a day for 2 weeks.
Lately, I've been enjoying a better turn of events. Touch wood, my health has been on the up, and the possibility of getting back to normal is still far off, but in my sights. Hence, this post.

Life stuff takes priority, and exams are top of the list. As I said in my recent Thoughts post, the chances seem slim, but do-able.
I am not going away, I love blogging, and hell would have to freeze over before I lose my love of makeup and sharing my life through AmBlog. I just won't be as much of a presence as I was able to be before.

I still have yet to master the art of blogluvin/networking, but will make sure to do that more as a break from revision comas. Who knew there was so much more to blogging than simply writing posts and taking pictures?

A blog slump was to be expected, but it's happening for positive reasons! Looking back at how much my blog has grown since the start late last October, I'm so grateful for the love and support I have received, which I hope to pay back.
Switch off the sop; back to business. 
With Manchester, my birthday, and much makeup to try out, I'm not short on material; it just might take a bit more time to get it out there. 

Merry Mercredi

Monday, 24 February 2014

Take Note | 'Boots bargain bucket'

aka. Thrift Finds | #3.1, February 2014
Stumbled upon a gold mine the other day in Boots
2 L'oreal lipsticks, 2 L'oreal Foundations, 1 '17' concealer.
Even though I've only just done my 'thrift finds' for this month, whilst in the queue for the till in Boots this past Saturday, I came across a box of goodies. 
All at £1 each.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Thrift Finds | #3, February 2014

#3: February, the Fruitful Thrift Month
- try saying that with a mouthful.

Warning, I found A LOT of good stuff, well atleast I think so, so it'll probably be a tea and toast post. I've also loved that song this month.
Anyway, back to the goods.
Sneak peak
(Hint - top heavy)
I went charity shop searching once, bought a couple a things from eBay, and found a few bargains out there in the highstreet shops.

Friday, 21 February 2014

AmBlogstagram | 'Curling for Gold'

Friday 21st February 2014
Curling for Gold
Coming to you with some team GB spirit.

As I'm posting this, Team GB will be in the curling Gold/Silver medal match, at this years Winter Olympics in Sotchi. Strictly on the DL, I'm rocking my union jack undies, but on the outside; I've unionjackified my makeup.

L-R : NYX Jumpo Eye Pencil, shade 'Milk'
Avon Lipstick, shade 'Smitten Red'
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner, shade 'Binge'

Tool of choice: Fine Liner brush. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thoughts | 'Somewhere It's Summer'

The UK in general, seems to be in the midst of a Winter strop/tantrum; sometimes the sun is in full bloom, but most of the time there is rain. Lots and lots of rain. Luckily, we have escaped the floods, but my thoughts go out to anyone struggling. Naturally, you start to dream of better things to come; namely, Summer!
I would usually say I was a Spring (pastel lover, spring birthday) & Autumn (Knit Jumper mania, dark lipstick) flower, but summer is where most of the magic happens. 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Face & Outfit | 'Favie Jamie' - Night, February 16th 2014

Starring both of my recent reviews: the Topshop 'Jamie Jeans' & the Bourjois 'Effect 3D' lipglosses, in a few 'Face & Outfit' posts this past week.

Classic winged liner
- Mixture of Gel & Liquid.
Eyeshadows; all Matte, all from NYX 'Butt Naked Eyes' palette
- Brown crease; Cream lid, inner corner & brow bone.

more coverage FACE
Liquid foundation, concealer and powder.
Full monty of; Contour, Blush and Hightlighter.

Bourjois 'Effect 3D lipgloss', No.09 -
ref 'face photo', lip liner effect, unimpressed.
                                     Let's pretend it's ombre

Friday, 14 February 2014

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Current Loves | 'Pretty Little Pendants'

Although I dabble, I'm a silver girl at heart; but unlike with a magpie, it's more often dainty/simple pieces that catch my eye. 
Trying to venture out of my daily jewellery rutt, I made a point to bring out some of my less used jewellery, and get rid of what I didn't use. I have amassed quite a collection of silver chains throughout my life, from christening gifts, to wedding charms; now, I make sure to switch the pedants out frequently, that way I get many necklaces in one. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Face & Oufit | 'Winter Blues', February 12th 2014

Starring both of my recent reviews: the Topshop 'Jamie Jeans' & the Bourjois 'Effect 3D' lipglosses, in a few 'Face & Outfit' posts this week.


A venture into colour -
LIGHT dusting of the blue shade from stila's 'In the Light' palette for lid, brown in the crease
Mirrored on lower lash line

Bourjois 'effect 3D' gloss, No.3

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

AmBlog-stagram | 'Double Wamme, Double Rainbow'

Monday 10th February
Double Rainbow
In the car home today, I spied something in the sky. At first, we suspected a trick of the light, but a couple of double takes later; I had to get my phone out. Rainbows are rare anyday of the week, but signs of a full ark & double is quite something special; you need perfect conditions, and to be in the right place at the right time.
The sight of a rainbow is poignant, a sign that weathering a storm brings beautiful things - Which could be taken literally, or metaphorically,
 to be used in other aspects of life.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Face & Outfit | 'The Flamingo', Feburary 10th 2014

Starring both of my recent reviews: the Topshop 'Jamie Jeans' and the Bourjois 'Effect 3D' lipglosses, in a few 'Face & Outfit' posts this coming week.

Is that my hand or a tree trunk?
Channeling a slight Russian/Sotchi vibe;
accidental, though let's say it's in honour of the winter olympics.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Beauty Review | 'Bourjois 3D Effect Lipglosses'

Since I've been a little lax on the review front, I decided to bombard you with 2 this weekend. You may have noticed that a lipgloss popped up in my most recent Beauty Post, since I have a few colours, I thought it a great choice to give a dressing down. 

Here follows a review of the
Bourjois 'Effect 3D' Lipglosses

Found in both Boots and Superdrug (here in the UK), they retail from around £6.99; with claims of '8 hour hydration and shine in one', one would expect good things.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Wardrobe Review | 'Jamie Jeans'

Topshop have many a jeans on offer, and although I haven't tried many of their styles, I am lucky enough to have found my match. As of Valentine's day 2014 anyway. 
The 'Jamie' Jean.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Take Note | 'AmBlog-stagram' aka. 'Camera Flash'

(Insert date)
One of my resolutions for life in general, was to take more photos; the blog is a great incentive, as-well as my plan to patch-work my walls with memories.

This is a new segment, inspired by me finally finding a space for a full length mirror- a 'selfie' spot if you will, beloved by many bloggers out there. And Topshop's 'It's in the Jeans' competition. I'm trying to incorporate smaller quick posts into my schedule of essay jobs that I know aren't to everyone's taste. Unfortunately I just get into it, too much typing-flowing, for which I halfheartedly apologise. Anyways, back to the concept.

'Canon PowerShot A2200''s SELFIE
 In the format of a photo or 2, with a small(-ish, no promises) paragraph; a post starring any impromptu life/makeup/outfits. For anything, I hadn't planned to include here on a larger AmBlog post, look no further than 'Camera flash'. Like Instagram, for my Blog? For instance, if I buy something new, or an unexpected life experience goes on that I can't wait to share, on this series it will be.
eg. my new baby cousin being born! 

I like segments, they keep me aiming towards something, and allow me to balance my post topics for all you lovely AmBlog readers.
For anyone not interested in keeping up with these,
 I'm sure some will feature in corresponding monthly 'Snippets & Snapshots' posts.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Texture/Pattern | 'FUR real?'

No, not really. Do-not-fret. 
FAUX fur.

 Originally made famous by the likes of Cruella de Vil, 'Fur' has made a name for itself in fashion as a reoccurring trend. Definitely a 'Marmite' one, and I fully stand on the side of 'less is more', concerning fur.

Cruella cameo appearance, a long lost relative?

Here follows my
Faux Fur Fixtures

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Recipe | Soon it will be Shrove Tuesday - 'YOGURT PANCAKES'

With 'Shrove Tuesday' (aka Pancake day) just around the corner, I thought it seasonal? to sneak in a pancake recipe, for anyone to use as there last hurrah before Lent leaves us with little luxuries in the food world. 
Growing up, we always stuck to the eggs milk flour recipe, which we all know and love. I picked something a little different to share, slightly more lux, bit still really easy. I'm sure you could also earn some brownie points by whipping these up as a valentines treat; I won't tell if you don't.

My cousin, who recently had her gorgeous baby boy, taught me this. Suzi, you domestic goddess, this is in honour of you :).
Cheffing does not come naturally, everything I have learnt, has been through someone else. I am showcasing their talents!

Yogurt Pancakes
If only we had Smelly-net..
Not sure if that name would catch on though.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Buys | 'Goodies going up North'

For anyone who didn't find out through my recent 'Snippets & Snapshots', I have a new baby cousin, born 6/01/2014 'Joseph Rupert Cornford'.
Cue aawwwwhrawrh-ing
With his big sister Rose.
Naturally we were pleased as punch, and couldn't wait to start spoiling him; maybe a little something for mum, dad and big sister too.
Here follows a few of the knickknacks going up north.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Take Note | Topshop 'It's all in the Jeans' Competition

I'm sure many of you will be aware if you are signed up to Topshop, that they have launched a competition to bag yourself a free pair of jeans. Just incase you aren't in the loop, here's the scoop.

All you have to do, is snap a selfie in your favourite Topshop jeans, upload it to either your Twitter or Instagram, quoting the hashtag #TOPSHOPLOVESJEANS. Easypeasy! I'm not sure how long this runs for, or how many prizes they're handing out, but I reckon it's worth a go.
^This is my entry^
- 2 Ambers are better than 1, right?

 had to pick my 'Flamingo pair' didn't I ,with matching stance, but all forms of 'Jamie' Jeans are my cuppa tea.
What is your favourite Topshop Jean?

This has actually given some post-spiration, watch this space..

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Beauty | 'Attached'

You know there are things in life that are pointless, empty, often even broken; maybe it's sentimental, maybe it's not. But, you just can't bring yourself to throw it away?
It's spread into my beauty drawers.

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