Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Liebster Award Nominations :)

Was really excited to be nominated for a Liebster award by Bridget from the Life and Beauty Sandwich! Have seen a lot of these posts going around and I am honoured to be a part of it all, and thanks to Bridget for Nominating me :)
The rules are:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
4. Come up with 11 questions to ask the 11 people you nominate
Without further ado;
11 Random Facts about Amber!
My favourite colour is purple (can't you tell?)
I have a tattoo of a swallow
I am 20 years old
I am studying animal science at UWS
I am a compulsive spender
I have more makeup than I will ever be able to use!
I drive a hyundai
I work as a waitress :)
I love weird french movies
I love cats and I have one called Pixie
I am obsessed with cute asian beauty products, stationary and plush toys
11 Questions from Bridget :)
1. What is your natural hair color?
It's naturally dark ashy blonde, but I dye it lighter :)
2. What is your favourite piece of artwork?
The other day browsing instagram, I found a girl who does the coolest comic style cartoon type sketches and painting with a really girly edge and a bit of a badass attitude!: Bei Badgirl
3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Something that involved trialling/reviewing beauty products would be AMAZING! Cannot think of a better way I would like to spend my days. Having a successful blog where I could write for a living would also be amazing :) if not, something to do with animals/animal welfare as this is another one of my passions.

4. Why did you start blogging?
I originally started blogging as a way of keeping record of the products I had used and what I thought so I could compare them to other products and also because I love to write :) then I had people start to comment and subscribe and I realized whilst I like writing for myself, I also really liked writing to an audience, however small it is :)
5. What makes you feel beautiful?
When my skin is behaving, when I am eating and excercising and treating my body right!
6. What is your most treasured item?
All my photos and sentimental messages etc are stored on my laptop so probably that!
7. Who is your favourite band/musician?
Don't have one favourite, but a few of my faves aree: Rick Ross, Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Example, Skism, Flux Pavillion, Skrillex, Delta Heavy
8. What is your favourite movie?
My favourite movie at the moment is pitch perfect - SO FUNNY! Love Rebel Wilson haha :)
9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Somewhere tropical, bora bora maybe? haha - though I think I would always come back to aus in the end, love it here!
10. What is your favourite nail polish brand?
My new favourite range of polishes is the Loreal Le Vernis polishes :)
11. How many siblings do you have?
I have one younger brother, who is 4 years my junior.
Who do I tag?

And my questions for you girlies areeee:
1. What is something you have done that made you proud of yourself?
2. What's your biggest fear?
3. If you could only use one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. Whats your favourite weekend activity?
5. When putting makeup on, would you rather emphasise your eyes or lips?
6. What are you most excited for in 2013?
7. What is your favourite restaraunt?
8. What is your favourite beauty brand?
9. Favourite healthy food?
10. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
11. Do you have any pets?

Thanks again to Bridget for nominating me, it was really fun answering the questions and coming up with new ones! xx

I'd love to read everyones post with their questions and answers so please link them to me in the comments! :)

Friday, 8 February 2013

Valentines Swap Haul!

Today I have a very very exciting post.....


First and foremost a massive thankyou to the lovely Jasmine Huston at www.sweetaholic-beauty.com for organising the whole swap! Very generous and thoughtful of you to do all the work of assigning everybody partners and doing all the other tedious organizing involved so everybody could enjoy this swap :)
My send thankyou definately has to go out to my lovely swap partner, Amy He ( go and check out her fantastic beauty blog @ http://www.bubblybabblings.blogspot.com.au/ )
She was such a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole swap process! As soon as we got emailed with our partners she immediately messaged me to introduce herself, and made it really easy for me to get a feel of what kind of products she liked and used (which made shopping for her soo much easier!)

This was the first swap I had ever done, and after seeing youtube vids and blog posts about some nightmare swaps I was a teeny bit nervous that something might go wrong. Thankfully I was so so pleasantly surprised so thankyou to these two girls for making my first swap so easy and lovely.

Now onto the goodies! Amy absolutely spoiled me!
The postbag arrived on my door (you have no idea how excited I was to see the postman) filled with little beautifully wrapped packages FULL of goodies!

Also, how cute is the little card she sent!

 So one by one, I unwrapped the little goodie parcels....

 Lots of fun little high-end samples and some deluxe samples for me to try out! Plus the cutest ever little vday themed lollies!

 Lip Products!

Face & Eye Products!

 Amy put lovely little notes on each product telling me more about them & why she included them :) so sweet!

 First up, the lip products!

Innoxa Classic Colour Lipstick
This was the first product I swatched and it is such a gorgeous formula and shade! Really smooth to apply and is very hydrating on the lips. Gives my lips a lovely shiny berry tint :)

 Panda Lip Balm!
Can everybody just take a moment to appreciate HOW CUTE THIS IS! :) I don't even want to take it out of the packet for fear of ripping the pandarey cuteness. I may just display it for a while :P

 Benefit Ultra Shines Gloss Haute Brilliance in Life on the A list
My first ever full-size benefit product! Sooo exciting! This lipgloss smells so sweet and yummy, and is the perfect nude :) I have been looking for the perfect nude lip product as they all seem to make me look dead or flat but this one is perfect!

Face products!

 Please do excuse my nooby photography here as I did not actually remove the post it from over the product... derp! But this issss...
Australis Ready Set Go True Translucent Finishing Powder
Have not had a chance to try this out just yet, but I am almost finished my Stay Matte setting powder so this will take its place as my finishing powder after that - I will write a review on how I like it! :)

 Bio-Essence Bio Platinum BB cream
This was probably the thing I was most excited to receive in this swap :) I have recently been OBSESSED with different BB creams, and have really been wanting to try out some of the Korean ones! My wish has been granted :P Am almost through my Chi Chi one (already! thats how much I have been using it - I love it!) and I can't wait to try this one out afterwards. Will definately review afterwards :)

 Benefit Porefessional Primer
 Benefit has such cute little samples! I love how it is actually like a little mini version of the full size bottle :) I see youtube gurus using this and loving it all the time so I was super excited to try it out. The product is a beige skin colour tone and has a texture not like other primers I have used, it is more like a paste but it does a great job of smoothing my skin for makeup and smoothing out pores :)

 Clinique High Impact Mascara Deluxe Sample
Have never tried any Clinique products and I love trying new mascaras so super excited to try this one out :)

Jemma Kidd i-design Eye colour
This is a gorgeous rich pigmented shadow in a dark slightly shimmery blue. Will be gorgeous for using in smokey eyes or as an eyeliner for a change up from black :)

Bloom Liquid Glitter Eyeliner
Amy chose very well with this as this is a product I already use and love! Bought this exact same eyeliner on my trip to Melbourne and I use it all the time :) great to have a backup for when mine runs out!

Korean brand eyeshadow - not sure of the exact name.
This is a lovely pale greeney blue shadow with gold shimmers :) I think it would be gorgeous to use as an eyeliner!

Innoxa Lash Define Mascara
I have tried this mascara out already and I love it! The wash is really different to any I have seen before - it is really long and thin, with short stiff bristles along its length. The bristles and shape of the wand really do a fantastic job at separating lashes whilst adding an awesome amount of volume. The formula is really pigmented black, dries quickly and doesn't smudge. Is also great for bottom lashes as it is non clumpy and defining. I think once I have finished up my current mascara this will become my new everyday go-to mascara :) This product is also not tested on animals which is a big plus for me.

 Here is what two coats of the mascara looks like on my lashes :) great separation but still adds volume at the roots without being clumpy.

 All in all I was so happy with how the swap went :) loved all the goodies that Amy sent to me, and what a great swap partner she was! Be sure to check out her blog and tell her I sent you over! 
I will definitely be participating in more swaps in the future!

Have any of you guys participated in swaps? Did you have a positive or negative experience?

Monday, 4 February 2013

January Purchases :)

Hi guys!
Happy 1st of Feb! I know people say this at the beginning of every new month, but I really just cannot believe that January is over already! I have had a really busy start to the year, having just commenced my major third year university project (eep! wish me luck) but I am very excited for it to be Feb, with valentines day and the valentines swap I am participating in coming up soon! :)
I made a few beauty related purchases throughout Jan and thought I would share them with you guys!

Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners in Black Glitter and Bright Blue
Saw a lot of posts from other bloggers reviewing these eyeliners and decided to pick one up for myself :) and by chance target was having a buy one get one free on eyes and lip products by rimmel so I picked up the black glitter and bright blue. The black glitter is a very pigmented, smooth black with very very fine shimmer throughout it, nice as a switch up from my normal plain black eyeliner. The bright blue is exactly that, a very bright medium blue shade which again is really pigmented and lovely :) really happy with these!

Loreal Colour Riche Le Vernis in 609 Divine Indigo
Saw that Loreal had released the cutest new range of nailpolishes in mini bottles with gorgeous gold lids :) I really really enjoy polishes that are in smaller size bottles such as these, as you are actually able to use all if not most of them up before they dry out or go gluggy. I have wasted half of so many full size bottles after the formula has been rendered useless which is quite annoying, especially when they are expensive! (OPI!) I picked up a gorgeous royal metallic purple called Divine Indigo. The formula of these nailpolishes is so pigmented, opaque with just one coat, they are really quick drying and the brush makes them really easy to apply. LOVE! For the price, you can collect the whole set of beautiful shades! My new favourite nailpolishes :)

SJP NYC Fragrance Giftset
Picked this up for just $20 at Priceline! Had smelt this scent a few times before and loved it so I'm not sure why I had not picked it up by now but this was definately the perfect opportunity! For only 20 bucks I got the 60ml perfume which is a decent size bottle, plus a 75ml shower gel and a 75ml body lotion! This fragrance is very girly and sweet, very me.

SOHO brush set + case
Picked this up from Target in the after christmas sales when it was marked down significantly for only 10 dollars, and didn't really have very high hopes, but was really pleasantly surprised! The brush set comes with a large powder brush, foundation brush, stippling brush, angled eyeliner brush and a few other assorted eye brushes. Normally with cheaper brushes I experience a lot of shedding and not a great ability to pick up colour, but these are really lovely :) do not think I have had even one of the brushes shed yet and I have been using them everyday. My favourites are the large powder brush and the stippling brush. Come in a black & pink slotted pouch with a magnetic closure to keep them all secure.

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Collection
Was so excited when this arrived at my priceline! I picked up the highlighter pen in 01 konichiwa girls!, the double ended eyeliner in 01 big in japan (black) and the lipstick pencil in 02 its peach not cherry. Absolutely loving the eyeliner so far, it is my favourite of the 3 :) the double ended pen makes it so easy to create a variety of eyeliner looks, and the formula is so longwearing and pigmented. The highlighter pen is also gorgeous, great for highlighting my cheekbones. The lipstick pencil has a nice formulation however it does not really suit my skintone as much as I thought it did unfortunately :( overall quite impressed by this collection, I love essence!

I was trying to keep my spending under control for January and I think I did quite a good job, did not pick up as many things as I normally do/would have liked to! Hope everyone is having a happy February and stay tuned for my Valentines swap haul post! :)

What products did you pick up this month? Anyone else have any new years beauty/spending resolutions?