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

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.

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


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

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
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