2010

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Dressember Day 31: Happy New Year!

(Dress: Vintage Allure, Christmas gift from my parents) This dress is called “Ethel”, but I will forever think of it as “Roisin”, because it was lovely Roisin who introduced me to Vintage Allure in general, and to the Ethel dress in…

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Dressember Day 28: Secret 70th

(I absolutely hate these photos of myself, so I took them down. I seriously have no idea how daily style bloggers cope, because no matter how much time I allow myself for getting ready, I always end up running around…

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Dressember Day 27: Ol’ Curly

(Dress, ASOS (obviously); shoes, Christian Louboutin) I actually wasn’t going to bother posting these photos because as well as the Christmas season stealing all my readers, the horrible light inside the house at this time of year means that this…

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Dressember Day 26: Skirting the Issue

(Skirt-that-used-to-be-a-dress, eBay; sweater, Mango; boots, River Island) First, the outfit shots: Now, I know this isa skirt and sweater rather than an actual dress, but in my defence, skirts ARE allowed under the Dressember rules, and this one did actually begin…

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Dressember Day 25: Christmas Day

(Dress, ASOS; boots, River Island; cardigan, used to belong to my friend Stephanie, but I asked to borrow it so many times she finally told me just to keep it. Thanks, Steph!) “Christmas Day”. I think that has to be…

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Dressember Day 22: Back to Reality

(Dress, ASOS.com; boots, River Island) Well, as you can see from the snowy backdrop, we did make it back home safely last night, although, us being us, I wouldn’t exactly say we managed it smoothly… The first stage of the…

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Dressember Day 17: Bow Time

(Dress, Zara; shoes, eBay) Yes, yes, I know: I’ve worn my hair in exactly the same way almost every day since I’ve been here. In fact, they’ve stopped calling me “Sailor Amber” and are now calling me “Girl With Only…

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Dressember Day 16: Gone With the Wind

(Dress, PinUp Couture; Shoes, River Island) Well, the wonderful weather we’ve been having broke dramatically last night, with a storm which whipped up just as we took these photos, thus explaining my more-than-usually-gormless expression, plus the fact that I look…

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Dressember Day 14: Green & Gold

(Dress and shoes: both eBay) This is one of my favourite dresses, so I’m afraid I may have taken quite a few photos of it… I’m also afraid to say I’m just going to post them all, because, well, it’s…

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Dressember Day 13: Daylight!

(Dress, George via eBay; shoes, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa) OMG! A photo that wasn’t taken at night, on the hotel balcony! Well, I didn’t want you to think we were secretly vampires or something… This dress actually has something of…

Two Weeks

December 26th, 2003. I always describe it as the worst day of my life so far. It’s the uncertainty that gets you, isn’t it? Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can start to find a way to deal…

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Dressember Day 12: Anniversary

(Dress, eBay; shoes, Zara) First of all,I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who left comments on my last couple of posts: the internet connection here isn’t letting me do much more than hop on every…

Fear and Vomiting in Las Vegas

(Another post written in advance. As I’ve written these, I’ve become more and more convinced that the act of writing advance posts talking about anniversaries is a surefire way of tempting fate, and that, by the time you read this,…

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Ten

I’ve written this post in advance, so think of me today as a kind of ghostly voice from the past, if you will. (Aside: every time I schedule posts in advance for this site, I always worry about what will…

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Dressember Day 9: All That Glitters

(Dress, Mango; Shoes, eBay) OK, so I may have banned any more Zara purchases, but no one said anything about Mango, did they? Yesterday we went for a walk around town (in absolutely glorious, hot sunshine, I might add), and…

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Dressember Day 6: Going Postal

(I know it doesn’t look like it, but this is a dress: or ar least, it was described as a “dress” on the Topshop website, and when I bought it, last year, I saw several teenagers at the local mall…

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Dressember Day 3: My Hero

(Dress: Pinup Couture; Shoes: Faith. I’m not going anywhere so I figured I may as well dress for dinner…) You see this dress, readers? This dress is a hero. I ordered it one Monday afternoon, from a company based in…

Friend Friday: Quittin’ Time

My Dressember Day 3 post is coming soon, and so is a massive rant, just to warn you. In the meantime, here’s this week’s   Friend Friday, which is on the subject of blogging, and knowing when to quit… 1. How many hours…

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Dressember Day 2: Please Mr Postman

(Dress: Dorothy Perkins; Boots: River Island) Yesterday I showed you the omgsnow at the front of our house, so today I figured I may as well show you the slightly less dramatic view at the back. With these two shots,…

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Dressember Day 1: Terry’s Invisible Spear

I had to laugh when I downloaded these photos off the camera: I actually wore this dress, and photographed it against the snow, earlier this year, so it’s Day 1 of Dressember and I’m already repeating myself! I guess this…

Beauty Products of the Month: November 2010 Edition

Just a few favourite products for last month: November is traditionally one of the busiest months of the year for me, because I’m frantically preparing for the holidays, and as I mentioned earlier this week, it doesn’t leave me much time…

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Snow My God!

I know you’re all sitting on the edges of your seats right now, thinking, “OMG, I wonder how on earth Amber is coping with the First Snowfall The World Has Known, Ever!” so let the record show that: 1. Amber…

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“But it’s SO pretty!”

Our plans for the weekend? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. Our grocery delivery today? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. (So no food for us then, kids!) Terry’s transplant checkup tomorrow? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. Some flights going out of…

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Going Commando

So, this happened: And this, my friends, is why I leave the country every December, if it’s humanly possible. “Imagine if we weren’t going on holiday soon!” I said to Terry last night, as we watched a couple of cars…

Review: GOSH large powder brush

I’m sure I don’t need to point out to regular readers that I’ve been on a bit of a GOSH kick lately. I’ve had a lot of luck with the brand, which I think is, in many cases, a good mid-price…

Night of the Living Crabs

It happened again. It’s the early hours of the morning, and I wake up suddenly to find a huge piece of machinery standing next to the bed: I have only a vague impression of what it looks like, but from…

Friend Friday: Blogger Copying

This week’s Friend Friday is about blogger copying, and as regular readers will even now be realising with a sinking heart, this is a subject I’ve come up against time and time again, both as a pro-blogger, and as a…

Review: Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Along with the holiday compact I reviewed last week, Clinique also sent me a tube of their High Lengths Mascara, which, being the mascara addict I am, I greeted with great excitement. I actually wrote about this mascara back in January,…

Friend Friday: Blogger Self-Promotion

Remember when I used to do the Friday Five every week some weeks? To be honest, I barely remember it myself, for it was a long, long time ago (I can still remember how those questions used to make me…

More Eye Candy False Eyelashes!

This is the second set of false eyelashes I received from Eyelure’s new Eye Candy range last month, and as you can see from the packaging, these promise to give you “thicker, fuller lashes”. Well, let’s just put that to…

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Dreaming of December…

… because in December I’m going to be back here: Tenerife, Canary Islands. I’m up in the mountains at the time, which is why I look so omgfreezing. I’d also just had the flu, thus ruining most of the first…

Review: Goody Volume Boost Hair Comb

A few weeks ago, like the absolute sucker I am, I raced out and bought one of Goody’s Volume Boost Combs, which is designed to, er, boost the volume of your hair. That’s it  in the image above, looking a…

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Friday Photos: Off the Rails

Just a few photos to round off the week… We discovered this little “abandoned” railway station a couple of weeks ago while we were out walking with my parents, and I made a mental note to come back and take…

Meeting the Mouse

So, picture it: it’s late last night, I’ve just finished up work, and am clearing the day’s debris from my desk before going to bed. This done, I head downstairs to put the aforementioned debris in the bin, which lives…

Review: GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer

My beloved Smashbox Photo Finish Primer has got to that stage where there’s so little left that it only gets to come out on special occasions, and rather than pony up the cash for a new tube, I decided to…

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A Clarification, by Rubinman

A guest post, by Rubinman…. OK. I wasn’t going to say anything, because I didn’t really think it was my bizniss, but here’s the thing: Amber tells lies. Yes, she does. I mean, she’s not actually some red haired “blogger”…

Beauty Products I Loved: October 2010

I can’t quite believe it’s the end of October already – it feels like just a couple of days ago that I was putting together my favourite beauty products of September, but rather than dwelling on the speedy passing of…

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ solid perfume ring

You know Christmas is coming when Marc Jacobs releases a solid perfume, cocktail ring shaped version of his popular ‘Daisy’ perfume, don’t you? This is the latest incarnation of the aforementioned ring, and is slightly more subtle than previous incarnations…

Review: Rodial Glamtox Night

When I tell you this face cream costs £88, you’re going to instantly realise that I didn’t go out and buy it myself, but in the name of full disclosure, let the record reflect that this was sent to me…

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Boxwatch 2010: Boxing Clever

In the comments on my last post, Katri said she’d been hoping for an update on The Box, and, well, that’s really all the encouragement I need, so without further ado: (Rubin: “I know I normally come running every time I see…

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Baby You Can Drive My Car

So, it turns out that the Box O’Doom isn’t the only thing Terry has been hoarding lately. You see, a couple of weeks ago, we bought a new TV cabinet. I know, it’s a rock n’ roll lifestyle we lead, to…

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Boxwatch 2010

Folks, this box set up residence in my living room approximately 4 weeks ago: It’s still there. It arrived containing a part for Terry’s car, which, bizarrely enough, was contained inside a much smaller box, which was inside this one….

Sleep Talk and Teeth

One of the most unexpected side-effects of the Invisalign treatment I’ve been having has been a dramatic increase in the number of “OMG, my teeth are all falling out!” nightmares I usually have: in fact, I’ve gone from maybe one…

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Queen of the Stone Age

“I die!” (Shoe Challenge # 51, for Shoeperwoman.com) Remember those sheep I became friends with this summer? Well, they weren’t the only surprise this town had in store for me. In fact, just a few days later, I was out…

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Me in SHE, on how to make money from blogging

A few weeks ago I did an email interview with SHE magazine on making money from blogging. I spent a bit of time answering questions on the topic, and here’s the article! OK, so they distilled my predictably long, rambling…

Review: Wella Lifetex Color Reflex Mask in Red

When I wrote about my search for a replacement for John Frieda’s discontinued ‘Radiant Red’ colour mask last month, a couple of you suggested Wella’s Lifetex range, and last week I finally got around to ordering myself a tube of…

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Pick My Next Little Black Dress

So, waaay the hell back at the start of this year, Shoeperwoman.com won a blog competition, and the prize was a Karen Millen gift card. This was tremendously exciting to me, obviously (in fact, if you heard a faint, but…

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Kid Fears

If you’re a longtime reader, or are one of my parents, you will already know much, much more than you ever wanted to about my main phobias: crustaceans, people rubbing their feet together while wearing socks, being beheaded… you know…

Dollface Reviews: Boots No. 7 Foundation Brush

My makeup brushes are all badly in need of replacing, and rather than remortgaging my house to buy a completely new set all at the same time (OK, so I’m exaggerating here, but only a little bit…) I’ve decided to…

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Back to the Asylum

Terry actually took these photos for one of my Shoeper Shoe Challenges today, but, as usual, he took about eleventy-one shots, so I thought I may as well offload them here, so someone can use them to advertise their second-hand…

My favourite beauty products of September

I can’t quite believe it’s October already, can you? This has been the fastest year ever, so before we consign September to memory forever, I thought I’d take a quick look back at five of the products that have been…

Review: Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells Mascara

If you’re blessed with a very good memory, you may well remember me mentioning that I’d picked up a tube of Lancome’s Hypnose Precious Cells mascara at the airport this summer. And that was pretty much all I ever said…

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Packing Away the Summer

On Sunday, I decided that, after a beautiful, warm September, I could ignore the truth no longer: winter was upon us, and it was time to conduct the Great Wardrobe Switchover for the second time this year. Now, I know…

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Why I Should Never Shop Alone:

I go out to buy cheap trousers, I come back with Louboutins. And this is why I’m not allowed to go shopping any more. (In my defence, they were heavily discounted.) (And I’ve wanted them forever.) (And there was only…

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Fighting A Losing Battle

A quick snapshot of my Formspring account: This last person, by the way, followed the Formspring question up with no less than three comments on the blog itself, all in the space of ten minutes, and all asking about “sheeping”…

Review: GOSH Brow Kit and Defining Brow Gel

A couple of days ago, I received a bag full of GOSH goodies to try out, and as soon as I saw these two brow products, I leapt upon them with an enthusiasm that only the straggly-browed among you will be…

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Seven Random Facts

Lovely Roisin  (whose blog you should totally be reading, by the way) nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award last week, and because there’s apparently no limit to the trivia I can divulge about myself on the Internet, I am…

Review: Liz Earle Naturally Active Haircare

I’ve been using Liz Earle’s skincare products for a few months now, so when they contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out their new haircare range, I obviously wasn’t going to say no! Using the same principles…

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Bucket List With a Twist

A while back, Terry and I watched The Bucket List. Man, I hated that movie. Not because it’s a bad movie, I hasten to add: I just generally try to avoid watching sad movies because, well, they’re sad. And they make…

Review: The Burt’s Bees Facial Kit

I picked up this little kit ages ago now, but such is the state of my “products still to try” drawer, that I didn’t get round to trying it until this weekend. I don’t know about anyone else, but for…

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The Sheep Whisperer

So, a few days after my misadventure with the sheep, I headed back to the scene of the crime: only this time, I took reinforcements, in the shape of Terry and Rubin. By this point, I had found out a…

Crabtree & Evelyn ‘Iris’ Eau de Toilette

Earlier this week I was sent a bottle of Crabtree and Evelyn’s new ‘Iris’ eau de toilette to try out, and I’ve been wearing it every day since it arrived. This is actually my first experience of Crabtree and Evelyn,…

The Comfort of Strangers

On Tuesday, Terry and I decided it was time to re-introduce Rubin to the outside world, by resuming his daily walk, which we’d temporarily halted after The Episode, thinking it might be best to try and keep him quiet for…

Review: Johnson’s Daily Essentials skin care range

[Disclosure: these products were sent to me as review samples] I love Johnson’s. Their famous Baby Lotion is one of my constantly repurchased products: no matter how many other skin lotions I try, nothing is guaranteed to make my legs…

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The One Where Rubin Goes to the V-E-T

Last time, on ‘Oh My Holy Hell, Will Amber Ever Learn to Write Concisely?': 1. I had gone to the optician to find out whether or not I had a brain tumour 2. Terry had gone to visit a friend 3. Rubin…

Hair Products: Why are redheads always overlooked?

Well, Dollfaces, I’m pleased to report that last week’s haircut was far less traumatic than I’d anticipated and so, to celebrate, I headed to Boots to buy myself some new hair products. (Is it just me who always wants to…

Bedtime in the Forever Amber household

So, on Friday night Terry and I are getting ready for bed. I come out of the bathroom, only to find Terry standing at the bedroom window, scanning the street, and sniffing the air like a bloodhound. “Someone in the…

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Weird Email of the Week: Miss I-Was-Fat-Forever

During my break from personal blogging, it saddens me to report that people haven’t gotten any better at telling the difference between me and Joan Rivers. The E! channel’s Fashion Police show is currently back on the air, which means that every morning I wake…

Tweezerman Betsey Johnson Slant Tweezer Collection

I’m a huge Tweezerman fan, and they’re one of those brands I genuinely don’t begrudge paying a little extra for: when you have a mono-brow like mine, trust me, you’ll pay whatever it takes to keep it under control. I…

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Taking the Long Way Around

So, I decided to start running outdoors again. Yeah, I know: been there, done that, got the washed-out Nike t-shirt (actually it’s a tank top, but whatever) to prove it. If you’ve been reading this blog since God was a teenager,…

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Back From the Blogging Brink

So, this is awkward, isn’t it? I mean, it’s been so long: we’ve lost touch, drifted apart. Some of you have probably changed your names and taken on new identities so you don’t have to pretend to read this site…

Review: Boots No. 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara

Boots No. 7’s Exceptional Definition Mascara claims it’s about to “transform the way women wear mascara”. Naturally, then, I was as excited as a kid at Christmas when it landed on my desk, because a new mascara? That’s going to…

La-Tweez pro illuminating tweezers

As my fellow unibrow owners will understand, you need a lot of light to keep the beast under control – in fact, many’s the time I’ve found myself pressed up against a window, or balancing on a chair to get…

Review: Boots 17 Wild Curl Mascara

As longtime readers will know, when it comes to mascara, I’m all about the curl – or about holding the curl in place, anyway. A product can lengthen and thicken as much as it wants, but there’s nothing like a…

Review: Liz Earle foot care range

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a runner. I’m not a FAST runner, I hasted to add. You won’t find me winning any races (or even entering them, for that matter), but two or three times…

Review: Plump & Shine lip gloss in “nude”

(I know the lighting came out different in these two photos, but  I promise they’re both the same lips!) I always find plumping lip products difficult to review, because having tried about eleventy-one of them over the years, I’ve come…

Carmex Lip Balm now available in strawberry

I know I’m not the only Carmex lover out there, so I thought my fellow fans might like to know that the lip balm is now available in a fruity, strawberry flavour! The balm still contains the usual ingredients – menthol,…

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Friday Photo: Best Joke Ever

Rubin and I just heard the best joke ever: We’re totally not going to tell you what it was though. Sorry. Today I decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I would start up a Tumblr. Well, all the cool kids…

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss lip colour: swatches

A box! A box! What’s in the box?! Lip gloss! Today just got about 46.76% better than it already was. (Also: cute little case, no?) This is Estee Lauder’s new Pure Color Gloss, which launches this month, and is available…

Review: Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

Brace yourselves, readers: I think I may have found a mascara I like even more than Lancome L’Extreme. I know, I didn’t think it would ever happen either: trust me, I’m as surprised as you are, although you’ll probably be…