2008

Happy New Year!

Auld lang syne

I know I’ve said this before,  but because I’ve never shied away from the thought of repeating myself to the point of tedium, let the record show that I? Really don’t like New Year’s Eve. Basically, the passing of time…

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A Christmas Message from Rubin Santa Claus

  Yo ho freakin’ ho! Yes, folks, this “blawg” message comes to you from me, the Rubinman, Santa Claus, standing in for Amber because – guess what? Yeah, she’s freakin ILL. AGAIN. She totally got the cold, like really bad, on…

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Dear Santa, please bring me a monkey, kthxbai

Hey, guess what I appear to have got as an early Christmas “present”? Did you guess “another freaking cold?” Congratulations, you win the house cup! Now please shoot me… Yep, just in case the flu I had the week before…

Not photoshopped. Just looks like it.

Aaaand we’re back!

Did you miss me? Did you? Did you? Actually, on second thoughts, don’t answer that… So, we got back late last night after a three hour delay in an airport in which every second flight seemed to have been either…

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Gone, going

Well, folks, I have crammed the final pair of shoes into my suitcase, hidden two more pairs in Terry’s hand-luggage, and it looks like we’re ready to go. Our flight leaves early tomorrow and we’ll have to get up at…

On Vacation…

OK, folks, I know I’ve been a very bad Dollface recently, and posts have been a little thin on the ground… As I mentioned last week, I’ve been preparing for a vacation, then I got sick, and, well, it’s been…

Excess Baggage

Houston, we have a problem. Other than the “It’s the first week in December and I already spent my entire salary on shoes and clothes” problem, I mean.  A DIFFERENT problem. So, we’re flying out to the Canary Islands on Sunday. HAVE…

I don’t know “nothing”

I’m feeling a little better today. Only a little, but hey, at least I wasn’t up all night waiting for the sweet release of death, so that’s something. In a break from our regularly scheduled “Woe is me!” programme, then,…

Review | Miss Groovy double-ended Tweezer Duos

Now, as regular readers know, I love my tweezers. Maybe a little bit too much sometimes. And I love all kinds of tweezers, too. I love slant tweezers and I love point tweezers, which is why this Tweezer Duo by…

I need a foil blanket…

Yeah, it was the cold. Only at night? At night it turns into the flu, and I lie awake wearing all the clothes I can possibly wrap around my body, accessorized with two hot water bottles, one heating pad and…

It’s like raaaaiiiin, on your wedding day…

I know I’ve hardly mentioned this AT ALL, but I’m going on holiday this Sunday. THIS SUNDAY. Before I go, I have 26 blog posts still to write, and I’m not even making that figure up: I actually have 26…

The Friday Five – Ear Worms

First up: I got another haircut. Yes I did. But! But! This haircut, it was a good haircut. Well, it wasn’t a bad haircut, anyway. Terry’s reaction: “It looks exactly the same as it did before.” Money well spent, then,…

Thankful.

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, obviously, but today we’re celebrating anyway, because as well as being Thanksgiving, today is also the day we got the results back from Terry’s latest round of blood tests. This something we…

Review | The Neutrogena Wave facial cleanser

Do not adjust your sets! We didn’t suddenly turn into a gadget blog: this is the Neutrogena Wave, and it’s a vibrating facial cleanser. See that fuzzy little pad on the end? That’s a disposable cleansing pad. To make it…

Sephora’s Ultimate Blockbuster Makeup Palette

I don’t think there can be many true beauty addicts out there who haven’t received a makeup palette as a gift at some point or other. Well, this is the one I’d be adding to my Christmas list – assuming,…

The Friday Five: Feelings

This week has been full of fail, hence the “no blogging” here at Forever Amber. Sorry. Anyway, the Friday Five! Is back! And is actually quite appropriate this week, so here it is. Feel free to answer the questions too,…

Under Investigashun

Remember how earlier this week I was getting in a little bit of advance worrying about tonight’s full moon, and the generous helping of Crazy it would no doubt bring to my life? I was right to worry. This morning…

Review: Botanics Hair Radiant Red Conditioner

After my experiments with John Frieda’s Colour Glaze, I decided to try something a little less dramatic in my bid to give my red hair a bit of a colour boots. Botanics ‘Radiant Red’ conditioner seemed to be just what…

Amber the Omniscient

Lately I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people mistaking me for God. By that I don’t mean they’re getting down on their knees and worshipping the wonder that is Me, or even that they praise me like…

The Friday Five! It’s back!

Hey, folks, guess who’s back? Back again! The Friday Five’s back! Tell your friends! Yes, I created a monster ‘cos no one wants to see Amber no more, with her constant whining about the cold, the cold, and OMG, did…

The perils of working from home in the winter

I haven’t left the house since we got back from the Halloween party on Saturday night, other than a quick visit to Terry’s mum (who lives just around the corner) on Monday. I have no idea how this happened. I…

Aaaww!

Obligatory Election Post

OK, so it’s not actually “obligatory”, and I seriously doubt there’s anyone out there who hasn’t decided who they’ll be voting for, but just in case there is, I thought I’d put this out there again: Meanwhile: Seems pretty clear-cut,…

Monsoon releases a Fragrance

If you’re a fan of Monsoon’s clothing and accessories, you may be interested to know that the brand has just released its own perfume, too. Called simply "Monsoon Fragrance" , this is released in conjunction with Bronnley, and attempts to…

Review | Anatomicals No Old Bags Allowed Eye Gel

Another Anatomicals product, and another beauty bargain for anyone shopping on a budget (which, with Christmas coming up and an economic "crisis" in progress is probably most of us). This is called No Old Bags Allowed, it’s £3, and it’s…

Review | Jean Paul Gaultier Fragile Eau de Parfum

For the last few days, I’ve been cheating on my perfume. In fact, it’s gotten so serious, I’m thinking of leaving it altogether and starting a new relationship with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fragile, so great is my current infatuation with…

Sunshine! Bring it!

Fully Booked. Thank God.

The weather forecast for this week says snow. SNOW. And I know I hardly ever mention this here AT ALL, but I really don’t like the cold (did I mention I don’t like the cold?), so with the “snow in…

The Season of Three Outfits Per Day

Well, I’ve kinda sucked at updating this blog this week, haven’t I? I’ve been busy. And OK, also lazy, but mostly busy, stock-piling blog posts like a demented thing so I can go on holiday in December and not, you…

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By Popular Demand: the coat!

Slightly against my better judgement, but because several of you asked to see it: I decided to keep it in the end, after my mum showed me how to tie the neck properly (I had been doing it totally wrong….

Three Scary Monsters

Honest Blogger Award

When Caroline, of Second Hand Shopper fame, nominated me for an Honest Blogger Award, requiring me to list ten honest things about myself, my first thought was, “Christ, is there anything I haven’t yet shared with the Internet?!” My tendency…

Review: Remington Shine Therapy Hair Straighteners

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but thanks to a bad haircut or three (or, OK, four…) this year, my hair straighteners are my BFFs right now. This has left me between a rock and hard place, though, because as…

Review | Ralph Lauren ‘Notorious’

When I mentioned Ralph Lauren’s new ‘Notorious’ fragrance last month I hadn’t had the opportunity to actually try it out. Well, this week I did, and it’s every bit as lovely as the sumptuous marketing campaign suggests. Going by the…

Smugness: I has it

The Coat: a cautionary tale

So, a few weeks ago I became ever so slightly obsessed with a coat. As soon as I laid eyes on it I was all, “That coat will be mine!”, so what I did was, I did NOTHING. And it…

The gym, one year on…

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Terry and I joining the gym. We decided to celebrate the occasion by forgetting to renew our membership, so that when we turned up for Body Pump on Monday morning and tried…

Trolling the Internet 101

Dear Idiot Teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to post a whole bunch of stupid comments on The Fashion Police this week, calling me an “idiot” and generally advertising your lack of brain cells: It was not…

A new way to stalk me. Because stalking is fun!

Yesterday, I was looking at my website referrers, as you do when you have no life to speak of, and I discovered that someone had found this here blawg after Googling the phrase, “Amber McNaught has red hair”. Seriously. So,…

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Hairdressing Curse: broken!

So, yesterday I went to the hairdresser and had a big ol’ chunk cut off my hair. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those entries, where I end up screaming…

Harajuku Lovers Coffret Solids

I showed you the Harajuku Lovers Eau de Toilette Sprays back in August, and now here’s the sold perfume versions, which are every bit as cute! The scents are the same as the Eau de Toilette, but this could be…

How not to be a domestic goddess

Last night, as I waited for Terry to finish doing the grocery shopping online (they only charged us £5 for last week’s shop after the whole non-delivery debacle, by the way – result!) and make me dinner, it occurred to…

Review | AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection anti-aging serum

AnimoGenesis say their Perfect Reflection serum is "the most advanced anti-aging serum available anywhere". Now, that’s quite some claim, so let’s take a look at the science bit, first. This contains: – 4 powerful anti-oxidants (Vitamin A, C, D and…

Ralph Lauren launch new ‘Notorious’ fragrance

Anyone tried this yet? It’s Ralph Lauren’s new fragrance, "Notorious", and according to the marketing literature, its aim is to recall the golden days of Hollywood glamour. Well, I’m all for that – there’s just not enough glamour in the…

What we did on the weekend

So, for the past couple of years, Terry and I have been doing our grocery shopping online, and having it delivered. Because we are lazy, basically. And actually, I say, “Terry and I”, but really, Terry does ALL of it…

Kiss Colour Magnet and Draw-On French Tip Pen

Two new nail products from Kiss have just been released: the first, Color Magnet, is a base coat that will anchor your nail colour to the nail, helping to prevent chipping and stop dark colours staining your own nails (anyone…

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I gotta lotta bottle. And I eats them.

Rubin is a dog with a blog. This post was written by him… I had been stalking the water bottle for some time. Watching. Waiting. Every time she put it down, I’d be there. I learned its routines, studied its…

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I’m so taking this out of his pocket money…

This morning I was wandering around the house, obsessively cleaning the floors, as you do, when my gaze drifted over to Rubin’s lair, which is where he drags the many things he has killed throughout the day, and I noticed…

Full Moon Fever

There’s a full moon tonight. Can you tell? I can. I can always tell, though, and I don’t even need the little “moon” symbol in my diary. No, I can tell when there’s a full moon because of the absolute…

Doodles Nail Art from Miners Cosmetics

This is a product for those of you who are a helluva lot more skilled at applying nail polish than I am… It’s called Doodles Nail Art and it’s by UK company, Miners. As you can hopefully see from the…

Bandit Country

This morning I kicked off the day the way I meant to go on – by crawling all the way inside our blue recycling bin, to retrieve the letter I had intended to post in the usual fashion (in a…

Five Six Beautiful Links for Friday

This week, in the wonderful world of blogging: The Fashion Police find Swarovski contact lenses (pictured).Keeping It Realtor finds a dog crate fit for Rubinman (who has had a bit of a blog makeover this week, by the way).Forever Amber…

Is this thing on?

Aaaand we’re back! Did you miss me? And have we got everyone? Show of hands, please, so I can work out whether all of my prechus readers have made the move to WordPress with me, or whether you’ve decided to…

Review | Smashbox Brow Tech – wax and brow powder

My eyebrows are the absolute bane of my life. Seriously, sometimes they’re so wild and unruly I feel like grounding them for life. Instead, lately I’ve been using Smashbox Brow Tech, which is a wax/powder combo designed to first of…

Bow headbands: the cure for bad hair days

A couple of months ago, I had a really bad haircut. Then, a few weeks later? I had another one. The result? My hair is now the worst it’s ever been, and every day I face a fresh battle not…

Still ill

The title says it all, really. I’ll still ill. Oh, so very ill. Send flowers! And also: Haribo Mix. Just because. On Tuesday, when I last posted here, I was actually feeling like the cold was maybe on the way…

Lalique Amethyst Crystal Flacon perfume

I haven’t tried this perfume, so it appears here mostly on the merit of its pretty, pretty bottle. I mean, seriously, lookit the pretty bottle! It makes me want to buy it, and then buy one of those old-fashioned dressing…

Hair Screws/Scroos – help me find them!

***********UPDATE********** Since I wrote this post a couple of years ago, I have not only managed to buy some of the original hair scroos on eBay, but they’ve also been re-released, and are available from a company called Goody, which…

Paleface Cosmetics – makeup for pale skinned girls!

More good news for those of us with the kind of complexions that burn under an electric light-bulb. The UK’s Paleface Cosmetics was set up in order to provide makeup and skincare specifically for us palefaces, although the ranges will…

If I Ruled the World…

Oh, hai 1am on Saturday morning! Long time since I’ve seen you, no? Well, actually, that’s not strictly true, obviously. I mean, I did see you last Saturday morning, but that was by choice, because I’d been out on the…

Cellphone mirror, for beauty addicts on the go

Some cellphones come with mirrors already attached to them, but if yours doesn’t, this may be the next best thing. It’s a self-adhesive mirror that attaches to your cellphone, allowing you to check out your makeup any time you want…

Essie Nail Corrector Pen

A few years ago, I was given a nail corrector pen as part of a nail polish gift set, and I absolutely loved it. So much easier and more accurate than the "folded-up piece of loo roll dipped in nail…

Lower lash curler for curly lower lashes

Just while we’re talking about eyelash curlers… as obsessed as I am with the things, even I didn’t know I needed one of these until I found it on the Sephora website. And actually, I have to say, I’m STILL…

18k Gold Eyelash Curler from Sephora

Would you buy a gold-plated eyelash curler? Well, as much as I love/depend upon my eyelash curlers, I was thinking the answer to that one would be "er, no". But then I noticed that the price of this one was…

Alberto Balsam Strawberries and Cream Conditioner

As recommended by one of my readers, Mari, this is the UK companion conditioner to the VO5 Strawberries and Cream Shampoo I reviewed last week and another sweet smelling, bargain priced hair product. While the smell is delicious, though, the…

Five Beautiful Links for Friday

The Fashion Police want to know what’s up with this clown hat from Topshop? Forever Amber finds "size zero" armbands at the gym. Keeping it Realtor likes to be beside the seaside. But sometimes she has to content herself with…

Glamour tweezers, complete with suction cup!

Anyone who’s ever lived with me will bear testament to the fact that I mislay my tweezers all the freaking time. No, I have no idea how I manage it either. This sorry state of affairs, however, means that even…

Zero, Schmero

Today at the gym (four times in a row! GO ME!), before the class even started, I managed to: 1. Drop a barbell on my thumb, creating the kind of pain that makes your heart rise into your mouth, and…

Harajuku Lovers Eau de Toilette Sprays

Harajuku Lovers is the brainchild of singer Gwen Stefani, whose L.A.M.B. line stands for Love.Angel.Music.Baby.  That explains the names of these four Eau de Toilette sprays, each of which features a little Harajuku girl. The original Harajuku girls, of course,…

A note from Amber…

So, this morning I came home from the gym and found that Rubin had been using my computer while I was gone.  Specifically, Photoshop: Rubin, if you’re reading this: that’s very sweet, but knock it off, OK? (Also: we’ve just…

Review | Isomers Tan Trick self tanner

My legendary inability to apply fake tan without making myself look like a sepia-coloured zebra is well documented, so I want to begin this review of Isomers Tan Trick by saying that you should probably discount the fact that I…

Review | Shu Uemura mini eyelash curler

I’ve said this before, I know, but eyelash curlers would be one of my Desert Island beauty items, right after tweezers and mascara. Nothing does more to help widen your eyes, and a good pair of eyelash curlers have the…

Review | DuWop Doubleglow 7

This is another product that I really wanted to like. It went straight onto my Wish List when I first heard about it, back in January, and I finally picked up a jar in June of this year. "June?" I…

Review | Isomers Sunscreen with UV Pearls SPF 20

Speaking of sunscreen (which I was doing yesterday), this week I’ve been using Isomers SPF 20. No, we haven’t had much sun (chance would be a fine thing!), but as I’ve said, I make a habit of always mixing in…