2009

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Happy New Year!

I keep forgetting that today isn’t just the last day of the year: it’s the last day of the decade, and the first decade of the new millennium at that. It was the decade in which I got my first…

Legroom, lack thereof

The One Where We Spend 17 Hours in an Airport

Well. I’m pretty sure no one will be reading this today, because you’ll all be off roasting chestnuts around an open fire, or doing whatever else it is winter-lovers do two days before Christmas, but let the record show that…

Yo, ho, ho!

On. A. Break.

Well, folks, at last it’s that magical time of year! No, not Christmas: my cheap winter-sun vacation in the Canary Islands, duh! We fly out early tomorrow morning, and, assuming that our plane doesn’t drop like a stone into the…

Pre-Holiday Product Haul

Well, as I’ve mentioned a couple of times (or three, or four…) I’m off to the Canary Islands on Monday, to try to grab a quick bit of sunshine before Christmas! Before I go, though, I thought I’d show you…

Earning my stripes

Well, we’re off on holiday on Monday, and I’m pleased to announce that so far I haven’t fallen prey to some kind of debilitating illness. You know, like I did last year? I’m less pleased to announce that in preparation…

Review: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

I’ve been meaning to write a review of Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation for ages now, but haven’t gotten round to it because, to be completely honest, I keep changing my mind about it. I think ultimately it’s one of those products people…

Goodbye, old friend

They don’t make cars like they used to

On Friday night, Terry’s car left us forever. It was a sad time for us me. I’ve said before that I get ridiculously attached to things, especially cars, so I may have gotten just a little bit misty-eyed as I…

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Confessions of a Shopaholic. And Bruno.

Well, as I mentioned last week, Terry and I had another fancy dress party to attend this weekend. And, as I also mentioned, my planned costume was pretty half-assed. In fact, with the whole Christmas/holiday/Terry’s-car-breaking-down-on-the-motorway-and-having-to-be-replaced thing, I decided that a…

Review: Garnier Clean & Fresh Eye Makeup Remover

This product was something of a panic buy. My regular eye makeup remover (Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, which I SWEAR by) had run out, the Boots website was out of stock, and as I normally wear waterproof mascara, which…

Asda Essential Care Self Tan now back in stock!

I know it’s not really the season for a sun tan, but today, readers, I bring you glad tidings: having discontinued their Essential Care Self Tan back in the summer, Asda have decided to bring it back! I actually had…

The Story of My Life

    I’m just going to keep this short, but slightly hysterical: WE LOST OUR PASSPORTS. We turned the house upside down looking for them. We searched for an hour. I even called my parents to ask if, by any…

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Winter holiday is GO!

You know how in the aftermath of Black Friday, I was all, “WAH! Advance posts deleted! Can’t go on holiday! Life over!”? Mercifully, it turned out not to be true: Those are the Maspalomas sand dunes in Gran Canaria. The two little people…

It never rains but it….pees

Last night I stumbled off to bed fairly late. We’ve been working hard to get back to normal after the events of Black Friday, obviously, so I was exhausted and looking forward to a good night’s sleep. I kicked off my shoes,…

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Half-Assed Halloween Costume: Lady Gaga

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt this unfortunate series of Catastrophic Events to bring you photos of the Halloween costume I was banging on about on Black Friday, shortly before the phone call from Heart Internet saying, “Oh, hai, we just deleted…

Yet another catastrophic failure

After the “catastrophic failure” that mysteriously led Heart Internet to lose all of my websites on Friday afternoon, I had thought all of our bad luck for the year had been used up in one go. But no. Of COURSE…

Friday Face: Illamasqua and MAC

My new foundation FINALLY arrived this week, after a long delay thanks to the Royal Mail strike, so I am at least wearing some makeup today, unlike last Friday! I’m wearing: The usual: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer NARS Orgasm…

Friday Face: Dainty Doll foundation revisited

No photo for today’s Friday Face, because my skin just isn’t fit to be seen at the moment. Truly. The culprit can be seen above you: it’s the Nicola Roberts’ ‘Dainty Doll’ foundation I reviewed back in April. I don’t…

The Gunpowder Plot (to drive Amber mad…)

The early hours of Thursday morning, about 1am. All is quiet in the house – even Rubin, for once. Suddenly, though, we are all jerked rudely out of sleep by… BANG! WHIZZ! BANGBANGBANG! “That better be war breaking out,” I…

Almost Ill

As my mother would say, I seem to be “hanging” with some kind of illness. This is Scottish-speak for “Why, I fear I may be about to become ill, but it hasn’t quite happened yet.” While I wait for it…

Friday Fragrance: What perfume are you wearing today?

In a change to our regularly scheduled Friday Face feature, I thought I’d be nosey in a different way this week, and as you all what perfume you’re wearing instead! Today I’m wearing my absolute favourite fragrance: Jean Paul Gaultier’s…

Review: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara

I don’t often get my hopes up about new mascaras these days. Oh, don’t get me wrong: I’m still more than happy with my usual Lancome and Fiberwig combo, but each new mascara I review usually leaves me feeling decidedly…

RoC Retin-Ox™ Wrinkle Correxion range

There’s been a lot of buzz in the beauty world about RoC’s new Retin-Ox Wrinkle Correxion range, and it’s not hard to work out why: the range claims to reduce wrinkles by 30% in 8 weeks, and that’s going to…

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The One Where We Go to Blair Castle

So, Autumn hasn’t been as bad as I’d feared. Not so far, anyway. I realise I’ve just cursed it by saying that, and I’ll wake up tomorrow to ten feet of snow, but for now: not so bad. It’s been…

Review: Boots 17 Va Va Voom Volume Mascara

A mascara called “Va Va Voom” – sounds right up my street, doesn’t it? This is Boots 17’s latest release, and it promises to deliver drama, volume and a formula that allows you to apply as many coats as you…

Tetris Legs

Anyone play Tetris? I’ve been playing it a lot this week. A LOT. I’ve been playing Tertris on my phone, in fact, every time my laptop has crashed and had to be rebooted. Which has been… A LOT. I’m seeing…

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Road Trip! Glamis Castle, Angus

I know, it’s ironic, isn’t it – an entire post just crammed with photos, mere days after I whine about people stealing my images! Like I said, though, I’m not going to stop posting photos because of these idiots, although…

Friday Face: Autumn browns

You know those days when you wake up, and no matter how carefully you do your makeup, or how spot-free your skin is, you still end up looking like ass all day long? I’m having one of THOSE days. No…

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Friday Photo: It’s Chico time!

This is not Rubin. I know it looks like him, but one thing you should always remember when dealing with Rubin is that Rubin is NOT A POODLE. That right there? Is a poodle. His name was Chico, and no,…

Lancome Deluxe Brush Set

I badly need to replace some of my makeup brushes at the moment, and even although I know I’ll probably bow to the inevitable and get new ones from MAC, I’m still having fun looking at some of the other…

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In the doghouse

Remember the shirt Terry got for completing his 10k run on the weekend? It was white. Pristine. It had the name of the race on the front of it, and, this being the first race of this type Terry had…

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Friday Photo: In my natural habitat

Last week Terry and I went shopping, so for this week’s Friday Photo, here I am in my natural habitat: the mall. I’m wearing my new trench coat and ankle boots, which I bought in preparation for Autumn. And which…

Review: Boots Expert Cuticle Remover

Every week here at Dollface Towers, a bitter war is waged. The war is between me and my cuticles, and most of the time, the cuticles win. Each week I try to remove them, and each week, I end up…

Anastasia Line Erasing Try Me Kit

As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of Anastasia’s brow products and mascara (and I don’t confer fandom on a mascara lightly, either), so I’d recommend this little kit on the grounds that it contains sample sizes of…

Review: Villainess bath & body products

Meet my new favourite indulgences…. Villainess is a US brand of bath and body products, and they’ve basically manged to combine everything I like in this kind of thing: quirky packaging and branding, great scents, products that remind me of…

Gym Etiquette, revisited

Riddle me this, readers: You’re at the gym. It’s empty, but for one solitary person – a clumsy redhead, say – who is wheezing away on the treadmill right next to the wall. This treadmill is one of about ten…

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Hat Trick

Last week I was taking a look at the River Island website (for, er, research purposes, you understand), when this hat caught my eye: Remind you of anyone? I think Terry and I should get one each, and wear them…

Friday Face: What makeup are you wearing today?

Because I’m nosey and like to know what everyone’s wearing, I thought I’d start a little Friday feature where we can all talk about our faces of the day, or, in my case, my face of yesterday, because I still…

At the pool*

Friday Photo: Wine Time!

So, I’ve noticed that no one actually comes here on a Friday, so I thought I’d revive the Friday Photo that I used to do did a couple of times way back in the day, so I don’t have to…

Review: Scholl Crackling Ice Foot Spray

I ran on a treadmill for ten kilometres yesterday. I’ll leave it up to your imagination just how how and, well, sweaty, my feet felt after THAT. Oh no, wait: I didn’t really leave it up to your imagination, did…

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The Day I (Almost) Died

Today I did my first ever 10km run. 10km! And OK, I did it on the treadmill rather than outside, and I didn’t exactly break the land speed record in the process, but I did manage to run for the…

When good brands go SPAM

…and I’m not talking about the spammer who keeps emailing Terry using the subject line, “Terry you’re an idiot” and providing a pornographic image in the body of the email – although that’s about as bad as it gets, to…

Review: Moor Spa Refining Facial Mask

If you follow me on Twitter (what do you mean, you don’t follow me on Twitter?) and happened to be online at around 10am on Saturday morning, you probably already know that I spent a small portion of my weekend looking…

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Gratuitous Rubin: sunbeam

Rubin’s favourite sleeping spot: the little pool of sunlight that falls through the bathroom window and lands in the hallway: On Saturday morning, the bathroom door was closed, and – get this – he actually went and pushed it open…

Dior ‘Haute Couture’ Palette

Look at this: Pretty sweet, no? I mean, I know palettes and I haven’t always seen eye to perfectly-made-up eye, but this palette puts other palettes to shame. (I’ve typed the word “palette” so many times now it’s started to…

Lulu’s Time Bomb anti-ageing skincare products

Like a lot of people, I can be a little bit cynical about celebrity skincare/beauty lines. It’s easy to assume the celebrity name is just a gimmick, so it’s always a pleasant surprise when one of these lines turns out…

Karin Herzog Chocolate Moisturiser, revisited

Remember the Karin Herzog chocolate moisturiser I wrote about back in May? Well, I was lucky enough to be sent some to try out, and that’s why I’m sitting here typing this with a face that smells just like chocolate….

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Wardrobe Remix

This was the view from the car on the way home from the gym this morning: And that was the view on Sunday, too. And Saturday. And Friday. There was a brief period of No Rain on Monday, but that…

Words I Have Started to Hate, Part 2

The coming winter has made me grumpy – grumpier than usual, I mean – and some words have started getting on my nerves again. And so it is that I present to you now, Part 2 of my occasional “Words…

Wake me up when September ends

Well, it’s September, then. That sucks. And I know: I know everyone who reads this will be all, “Yay! Winter! There will be long walks in the crisp Autumn leaves, while wearing long scarves and looking just like Ali McGraw…

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Crime Scene, Do Not Enter

Yesterday I was working away at my desk when I happened to look round to find that OMG, there had been a MURDUR!  </ Taggart> This photo doesn’t really do the scene justice, because there was stuffing EVERYWHERE. Whoever the…

All work, no play, rinse and repeat

Wow, see how easy it is to get out of the habit of blogging when there’s nothing at all happening? Lately life has entered one of those weird “frantically-busy-but-also-mind-numbingly-boring” phases. In fact, I don’t think I’ve left the house in…

Tweezerman Mini Tweeze Set Brow Duo 2 Go

I’ve said before that I’m a fan of Tweezerman, and particularly of their point tweezers, which are just the best things ever for getting at those little, hard to tweeze hairs. Sometimes, though, a slant tweezer is the best tool…

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My dad will be so proud…*

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my dad, and my dad said something that really struck a chord with me. It was this: “Don’t hesitate to buy shoes,” said my dad. “Buy all of them. Especially those ones…

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The Green Dress Cometh

Well, the replacement green dress arrived on Saturday morning (I waited all morning for the mail, so obviously it arrived the very second I switched on the shower. I wish I’d thought to do that earlier…) and I can report…

‘Twilight’ Lip Venom from DuWop

So, I have no idea what the connection between ‘Twilight’ and plump lips is. I mean, I can see how this product looks suitably vampiric (did I just make up a word?), but other than that, I think we just…

Review: Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Sorry, that’s just the choir of angels in my head rejoicing at the news that there is actually a mascara in the world that does exactly what it says on the tin. That mascara is Anastasia’s Lash…

Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon: lipstick in a pencil

Not a lip liner, as I’d first assumed, these are actually a lipstick-like formula, in a pencil form. Sounds like a great idea to me: I’m forever using lip-liners as lipstick (the colours always seem to suit be better, and…

Green Dress Update

Remember my beloved green dress? The one that was tragically and mysteriously LOST? Well, it’s still lost. Sorry, I just realised that the start of this post probably made you think I was about to tell you I found it…

Review: Boots No. 7 Extravagant Lashes Mascara

While the site was down last week, what do you think I was doing? Why, trying out mascara, of course! Isn’t that what I’m ALWAYS doing? This week was the turn of Boots No. 7′s new Extravagant Lashes mascara, and…

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The birds! The birds!

This week we’ve had a new visitor here in The Shrieking Shack (if you’ve ever had birds, you’ll know exactly why I call it that): everyone say hi to Cheeky! In this picture I am willing him NOT to poop…

I am not a shop, part 11,876

It’s started again: the whole “let’s pretend Amber is running a shop!” thing, I mean. I’ve had a good few weeks WITHOUT being constantly asked about my “stock” and where I ship to, but this morning I woke up to…

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Stuff. In the form of a list.

Because I am lazy: 1. I still haven’t found The Dress. This is much to the distress of Terry, because it seems that I just can’t stop talking about it. I mean, I thought I’d maybe be OVER IT by…

Review: Revlon Pedi-Expert pedicure kit

Oh God. Oh no. This looks suspiciously like a foot file, doesn't it? And I'm sure we all remember what happened last time I tried to review a foot file. Well, it IS, in fact, a foot file. It's Revlon's…

Review: Sephora Brand Atomic

I guess it’s fitting that my favourite mascara so far of all the brands in the Sephora Lash Stash pack should be the Sephora brand mascara itself. That doesn’t mean it’s about to replace Lancome in my affections of course, because this…

Cheetos flavoured lip balm: do not want

Now, don't get me wrong: I love Cheetos. And I love lip balm. And above all, I love lip balm that tastes like food. But lip balm that tastes like Cheetos? I think I'm going to pass on that. If…

Review: Garnier Pure Active Roll-On

So, as I was saying last week, I'm fairly lucky in that I don't get too many spots. Then, just a few days after Garnier's Pure Active Roll-On, which is designed for fighting spots, arrived on my desk, I woke…

These things come in threes…

(Note: for those of you tuning in because you’re concerned about The Melting that was scheduled for today, I bring good news: yesterday my phone changed its mind and decided that rather than the “SUN MELTING, OMG!” it had predicted ,…

Review: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara

This round of Mascara Wars is brought to you by Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash. It's also brought to you by The Migraine I Had Earlier This Week That Left Me Looking Pale, Strung-Out and Inexplicably Spotty. OK so I don't…

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And then the sun totally melted, The End.

Well, THAT was a whole lot of fun, wasn’t it? Look, though! We’re getting a sun obscured by a little bit of cloud tomorrow! Do you know, that’s the first time I have EVER seen that particular icon, and I’ve…

Malibu SPF 15 Clear Scalp Protector

As I may have mentioned once or twice or a million times, I'm paranoid about sunburn, which is why you'll always find me lathered up in the highest SPF I can find in the summer, plus a hat. Despite this,…

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Ol’ Scabby McScabberson

[Important Disclaimer: I wrote this post in a misguided attempt to be funny. Almost all of the posts I've ever written on this site are supposed to be entertaining. I don't actually care about the "scabby lips" comment, and I...