Author: Amber

No Makeup Tutorial

There are a number of reasons I choose not to wear makeup on a particular day. The spectrum of my daily relationship with makeup ranges from absolutely nothing but moisturizer on my face to full-blown glam, but a few reasons I choose not to wear makeup sometimes: To give my skin a break. Because my husband really dislikes makeup, especially “over-the-top” (full face) makeup. Because I’m feeling lazy/rushed/extremely pregnant and cranky. When I’m filming videos or meeting clients for my job, I tend not to show up in full coverage foundation and a smokey eye. It’s great for being...

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How to Get Mail That Isn’t Bills

I have a life-long obsession with mail. You know, like the kind that comes stamped from the postal service. The thought of the post office one day becoming an antiquity makes me die a little inside. It started with my grandmother sending me African stamps cut from the corners of letters sent to her church. Then I got into penpalling to practice my German skills in high school. Then my postcard collection. Then the ability to shop online and get packages delivered right to my door. The discovery of subscription boxes and my subsequent addiction to getting surprises in...

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December 2017 Ipsy Review

Ipsy is absolutely my favorite subscription every month – for $10 I get full-size and BIG trial size products from brands that I’ve actually heard of (I’m looking at you and your weird pricey brands, Birchbox). My favorite thing about Ipsy though is that it’s actually worth my time to fill out the beauty profile and reviews every month – because they really do tailor the bags to my preferences! That said, this month was…off. The products weren’t bad and I love the bag itself, but it was just a strange assortment of things I wouldn’t have picked to...

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5 Subscription Boxes I’m Planning to Try in 2018

A friend of mine once joked, “You need a bank account just for subscription boxes!” OK, well, she was half-joking. I love subscription boxes and trying out new subscriptions throughout the year. Some of them I hold onto (Ipsy, I’m looking at you) and some of them I try for a month or two and cancel, but I love the thrill of getting surprises in the mail each month. Below are 10 subscription boxes I want to try in 2018, as well as which ones I ditched and kept from 2017. I also included a few non-box subscriptions I...

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Ultimate Holiday Makeup Haul

Confession time. There’s this thing that happens to me every year from November to December…I shop. A lot. Not that I don’t love to shop year round, but I’m pretty frugal most of the year and stick to our monthly budgeted “fun money.” Something about the holiday sales coupled with the stress of the season drives my urge to spend this time of year, and while I told myself I was going to chill out in 2017 and spend less, Black Friday got me. I managed to get my Christmas list knocked out during the pre-Black Friday sales, and...

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