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NOTD Finger Paints Laugh My Art Off & Sally Hansen Royal Icing

It’s the first time in ages that I haven’t used gel polish! I really was feeling like a blue mani so I picked these up recently. I love the shimmer packed “Laugh My Art Off!”

What’s on your nails this week? Come link up with us at the Nail Files! You’ll be glad you did. My friend Jennie always has the best manicure ideas! :)

xo Amber



Colgate Total Mouthwash review

I was recently sent the new Colgate Total advanced pro-shield mouthwash by Influenster. While this is not my normal beauty related review, I am happy to post about it! My smile is one of my best accessories! If I don’t have clean, healthy teeth, I don’t feel as good about my appearance.


Colgate Total Advanced Pro Shield claims –

Kills 99% of germs
Significantly reduces plaque
Helps prevent gingivitis
Freshens Breath
Alcohol Free – no burn!

I can easily say this mouthwash met my high standards! I used my bottle up already, and I will definitely be purchasing more!! Have you tried this mouthwash? What do you use to keep your smile bright and healthy?

xo Amber

*product sent for honest review via Influenster


L’Oreal Ideal Moisture Day Lotion spf

Those of you with sensitive skin like me, may struggle to find a lotion with spf that fulfills all of your needs. I know I struggled before finding this L’Oreal Ideal Moisture Day lotion with spf 25! Either the scent or the formula stings or burns. Or maybe it looks horrible under foundation.

I needed a very basic lotion with spf, that wasn’t too heavy to wear under my CC cream or foundation. This lotion is perfect! It doesn’t leave a greasy sheen on my skin, there’s no stinging or burning. And, most importantly, it works! I know the spf isn’t all that high at 25, but I do also wear a CC cream with high spf.


If you are looking for something similar, I’d give this a try! I have the sensitive skin formula, but I believe there are other versions. I purchased this bottle which is quite large for $6.99 at Target.

Do you have a sunscreen that meets your needs? I’d love to hear what works for you in the comments below!

xo Amber


July Favorites – Skin Care!

I’ve been slightly obsessed with finding a new skin care routine for the past month. I’ve found some really great products, so this month’s favorites will be all skin care! My favorites this month far and away are from Ole Henriksen. I’d love to hear what’s on your favorites list this month!


makeup remover and cleansers

I’ve found my holy grail makeup remover in Clinique’s Take the Day off Cleansing Balm! It removes spf, long wearing foundation and stubborn eye makeup easily. For cleansing after my makeup removal, I have been using Ageless Derma Glycolic Anti Aging cleanser, Own rejuvenating cleanser and REN micro polish cleanser.



My favorite toners are Thayer’s alcohol free rose petal witch hazel and Clarins Chamomile toning lotion.



I am obsessed with REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask and Ole Henriksen’s enlighten me skin tone corrector! Both have given me a noticeably brighter complexion.



Serums are my favorite part! I’ve found each of these to be soothing and beneficial to my skin. I use NOW Rose Hip
Seed oil (see my post on the benefits of Rose hip HERE), Own Renewing firming silk concentrate, and the best serum I’ve ever used Ole Henriksen’s pure truth activating oil.



I’ve been using Own refining moisture night cream for months and love its gentle formula. Ole Henriksen’s sheer transformation moisturizer is a new obsession. I’ve been using it during the day under my makeup. It sinks in immediately and creates a beautiful semi matte canvas for my foundation.

What are your favorites this month? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xo Amber


Earth Science Multi Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion

Earth Science is a brand that is new to me, but has been around for years. Earth Science strives for excellence, focusing on performance, purity and price. They use natural and pure ingredients, many of them fragrance free and suitable for the most sensitive of skins!
I love that Earth Science is active in the community, charities, and also a Carbon Free Partner, supporting programs to reduce their carbon footprint!

I was recently thrilled to have received the multi therapy ceramide healthy skin lotion for review. This lotion is fragrance free and proven to restore skin to a healthier state with continued use. Just look at the nourishing ingredients in the ceramide lotion:

Glycosphingolipids (plant ceramides)
Hemp Oil
Sunflower Oil
Shea Butter
Safflower Oil


Earth Science
Ceramide Healthy
Skin Lotion

Earth Science ceramide healthy skin lotion is fragrance free, vegan, and has a pH of 6.5-7.0. An 8 oz tube retails for $9.95 us. Honestly, I think this is such a bargain, all things considered. The lotion is concentrated, so you don’t use a huge amount for your entire body. The fact that I am putting healthy ingredients on my skin (the body’s largest organ!!) from a company that is eco conscious, I would expect to pay a little more!

Earth Sciences has a fabulous website with heaps of information and so many more products. You even get a coupon code when you sign up for the newsletter. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself here:Earth Science Naturals

Have you tried any Earth Science products?

xo Amber

*product received for my honest review


Astrida Naturals review and giveaway

*sample provided for review

I recently was introduced to a natural skin care, body care and fragrance company, called Astrida Naturals.
I tested the Solid Perfume Balm in “Signature Rose.” The ingredients are simple, unrefined shea butter, beeswax and fragrance. The scent is a stunner! I love rose fragrances, and this is a beautiful rose perfume. If you love fresh roses, you will love this perfume! It’s a soft skin scent, perfect for summer! It’s very convenient as well, considering its in a little tin with a solid .5 oz of perfume. It usually can be found in my purse!


I also tested the Summer Honey lip balm. The lip balm ingredients are: Beeswax, Shea nut oil, Fractionated coconut oil, Vitamin E and flavor. The scent and texture are to die for! If you like honey, you will love this!!


Astrida Naturals will make your order to your specifications, so you can get the product you want in the scent you want! There are soaps, lotions, lip balms, perfume oil and solids, and skin care.


The lovely Maia, of Astrida Naturals, is offering a $25 gift certificate to one daydreaming beauty reader! Please enter in the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please check out Astrida Naturals for more information on products.

xo Amber

Astrida Naturals

*sample provided for honest review

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Stila In the Moment palette giveaway!!

I am loving this In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette from Stila. This is something I would use everyday. It sounds perfect to me for a giveaway item. Check it out from Daydreaming Beauty:


A gorgeous, palette with 10 shades of Stila’s award-winning eye shadow formula that can be worn wet or dry.

Instinct – Light baby pink with pink & white shimmer

Desire – Soft, creamy mid-tone pink

Impulse – Pale lavender with lavender shimmer

Wonder – Mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer

Glance – Intense violet with shimmer

Spontaneous – Soft beige-gold with shimmer

Improvise – Deep plum with pink sparkle

Whim – Soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer

Catalyst – Black with pink sparkle

Captivate – Mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl
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Makeup and Perfume Blog sale 7/29

Hi there! Thanks for checking out my makeup blog sale. I ship from the US to most anywhere. I can’t ship nail polish or perfume internationally though, I’m sorry! I ship about once a week. If you’d like tracking, delivery confirmation, express or overnight delivery, please ask. I can do it, but will charge the extra. I will take Paypal payments (please no e checks). I’ve had lots of successful swaps on Makeup Alley, blog sales, ebay sales etc. If you are interested in an item, please either email me here OR leave a comment
here on the blog. I will charge $3.50 for shipping/packaging if you are within the US. (If you get something very small like a perfume vial or something, I may charge less as I can use a smaller envelope.)

International pricing from the US has increased as of 1/13. I will quote you the price that I get from the USPS. Please don’t haggle on pricing, as I have to charge you what I pay. If you get a large lot of items, we can haggle on the price!

The items for sale are either new, swatched, or used 1-3 times. Any questions, please ask!
I will leave the sanitizing up to you. I package all items with love and care, using lots of bubble wrap.

xo Amber


Revlon Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer light/medium (used 2x) $3
NYX butter gloss in Maple Brownie (used several times) $3
Maybelline Fit Me concealer 1x shade 20 sand

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki (this is more of a highlighter than bronzer, comparable in Color to LORAC Spotlight) $4

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers in Comet, Luna, and Light Year (1x) $4 each
Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in Taupe (1x) $3
Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D New lip gloss in Love at the movies $3 or FREE with purchase of all other Rimmel items.

Wet n Wild coverall cream foundation in Fair (swatched a tiny dab 1x) $2
CoverGirl Flamed out shadow pencil in shade 350 (no name, but it’s the taupe one) $3

Revlon Super Lustrous in Primrose (MAC Angel dupe 1x) and Berry Couture (swatched 1x)
Bare Minerals blush in Beauty – full size .85g loose (used maybe 5x) $8

MAC Well Dressed Blush (used several times) $13
MAC shadow pots Contrast and Nocturnelle (each used several times $7 each)

Physicians Formula Super BB Cream and Beauty Balm Powder in Light/medium BN still in box $16 total for both.

OCC Lip Tar Pretty Boy BN unopened $18

NYX Incredible Waterproof concealer in light 1x $3
NYX Illuminator Narcissistic (1x) $4

REN Radiance Perfection Serum 10ml (part of a set, not full size) used 1x $5
Tarina Tarantino eyedream highlight duo in Jasper and Agate (Used a couple of times, but Jasper
has a dent from a mishap when I opened it the first time) $4

Maybelline Define A Brow dark blonde (1x) $1
Becca Beach Tint 4oz in Fig (1x) $5
LORAC pro Cheek Stain in Rosy Glow (2x) $10

CoverGirl and Olay Tone Rehab in Classic Ivory (1x) $3
L’Oreal True Match n1-3 concealer (neutral fair/light 2x $1)

Revlon CB lipgloss Brilliant Bordeaux 1x $2
Revlon Super lustrous lipstick Demure 1x $3

immel eyebrow pencil hazel $2
JANE (old line) eye zings in Rockstar, Dream cream, duos in its a girl/eggplant and cafe/champagne. all swatched, $4 for all.

ELF cream eyeshadow in dawn (still in box, but swatched.)$1
Stila lip glaze pinkle twinkle 1.5ml $2
Bare Minerals lipgloss in Almond Tart (1x) $3 or free with purchase of BM blush

Brushes – EcoTools Buffing Concealer brush 1x $3
EcoTools large brush (powder I think, used several times) $2
ELF Studio Complexion Brush (used several times) $1

ELF Elements 4 pan eyeshadow palette unused $1 or free with purchase (just ask!)

Benefit 4ml Benetint (swatched 1x) $5
4ml (approx 1/3 remaining of Benefit High Beam $2 or Free with $25 purchase)

NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic 1x $3

1ml sample L’Artisian Parfumeur Voleur de Roses (1x) $4

dkny golden delicious edp 1.0oz (used several times) $13

Stella by Stella McCartney roller ball perfume 1/3 remaining $4

Tutti Dolce Amaretti perfume (not made any longer) 1.7fl oz (approx 1/2 inch below the shoulder of bottle) $25

Wylde Ivy Beachin Berries and White Cashmere roll ons (used several times) $5 for both.

Candy Fluff dusting powder $10
100g, approx 85% full, best before 6/2011. Still smells just like when I got it!

NAILS ( I will sell this all as a lot if you are interested, at a great price!)

Salon Express stamping kit (tried this 2x) $4
Nicole by opi drying drops 50% left $2
nailtiques formula 2(1/2fl oz bottle half remains) $6
Barielle professional advanced pro nail rebuilding protein (used several times) $2

Vixen 1x, Gumdrop BN, Pink Chiffon 2x $4 for the lot

OPI Clubbing Till Sunrise 1x $4

Beverly Hills manicure BH plum and white tips (used for several manis) $4 for both.

Butter London Toff 1x $8


Review – Undergreen Perfumes White

In this months Olfactif box, there was a fragrance from the nature seeking creative perfumers at Undergreen. Their aim is to get back to (natural) basics and introduce people to the beauty of all natural scent.


White’s notes consist of an all natural blend of organically derived aldehydes (most commonly from citrus zest), white mint, coconut, orange blossom, jasmine, yang-ylang, orris butter, amyris wood and tuberose.


I found this scent to be surprisingly mellow and easy to wear. I can go either way with white floral blends. The aldehydes and mint give the scent a bit of sparkle, while the orange blossom, jasmine, amyris wood and tuberose add a hint of sensuality. Orris butter (from the iris root) adds some staying power to the fragrance. It is a luxe addition to the scent, and acts almost as a natural preservative as it strengthens the other botanical notes.


I would definitely give Undergreen’s White a try if you haven’t delved into the niche perfume world yet, but would like a unique, yet not too “out there” perfume. There’s a great interview with one of the noses behind Undergreen, Patrice Cardenoso, at Olfactif here.

Have you tried anything from Undergreen? They also have Black, Gold and Pink fragrances. Personally, I’d love to try them all, but Pink sounds like it was made for me! :)

xo Amber

*nothing to disclose
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orange blossom
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Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round Up

I am so flattered that my blogging friend Heather, over at Crazy Beautiful Makeup featured an interview with me in her Beautiful People series! Please check it out if you have a minute! Here’s the Weekly Blogazons Round Up!