Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Five Favorites for April

Well hello and Happy May to you all! Can you believe that we are approaching summer months?

In other news.....I've gotten so off track with mentioning my favorites, a lot of my not purchasing any make up has much to do with it. But I thought I would start it up again but only focus on my top favorite for the month. It can of course include make up and skin care, you know the deal but in a more focused to the point review of each item. Let's face it, too many favorites can be overwhelming, so sit back and relax and enjoy my five favorites for the month of April!


Keep reading for more information on these products.


Garnier Fructise Full & Plush Root Amp:
Total random purchase. I was browsing for a new dry shampoo to try and ended up getting this. It's not something I use everyday but I do like to use it when I blow dry my hair (which really is seldom tbh), it gives it just a bit more umph! It's extremely affordable at around $3-$4. My favorite part about it though and why I want to mention it, is the smell. So good. Maybe all Garnier products smell like this but it's very summery, very fruity-fresh and it's great! 


St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer:
I've been using this for about half of the month. My skin is having a bit of a fit with...everything. This has became the moisturizer I have been using under my make up. I had been using Loreal Collagen Moisture Filler for years but after they added sunscreen in it (which was a few years ago) I just hadn't been 100% happy with it. Sunscreen often times burns my eyes when it gets near them and I was dealing with that every morning, it was too much. I also don't feel the need to have sunscreen in all of my products that I use. If I go outside I will add that element to it but just for everyday use, no thank you. So back to this wonderful product. It's no too oily that I can't use it with make up and there's no sunscreen in it which is a plus. Collagen is something I love to use on my skin, it really helps it. 


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel Cream:
I'm getting up there in years. It's time to get serious about skin care and especially eye care. I honestly don't think you can start soon enough with preventative skin care. I've been playing around a bit with samples of eye creams and found a few good ones (post soon?) but saw a write up about this and purchased it. It got rave reviews from many. It's very light, which is a huge plus for me and it doesn't aggravate my eyes, which is an even BIGGER plus for me. It also reminds me of one of my personal favorite samples I tried, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, but it's around $30 cheaper. 


Glam Glow Power Mud Dual Cleanse Treatment:
I've recently discovered the wonderful brand of Glam Glow and honestly, I'm blown away with so many of their products I've tried (samples, gotta love em!). I purchased this in a small size for $20, the full size is $65. I like it, it gives my skin a deeper clean compared to most cleansers and while I do like it, I'm not completely sold on purchasing the full size when I run out. It really purges the skin but I think I would prefer something a bit more masky. Hmmm so then why do I like it this month? Well, it is great and I loved adding it to my weekly routine because it does clean deep down and that's something I really do like and need. 


BlenderCleanser Solid by Beauty Blender:
Love. This. It really does get my Beauty Blender clean. The cleanest it has been with any soap or cleanser I've cleaned it with. I did use it on my brushes once and it worked okay but not amazing. But if you want to get your Beauty Blender super clean. This is it!

Thank you for reading! Enjoy the month of May! Hopefully a few April showers brought you some flowers!

--Amber









Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April, Fools

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I won't even attempt to prank you. That just wouldn't be nice. After all, I haven't written to you all in so long. I do have manners.

This is merely just a little wish for a very happy spring to you all! And I hope that this post finds you doing well. It's hard to believe the year will be half way over before we know it.  

Hopefully the spring months will be nice to us all. Perhaps magical things will happen (okay I could say April Fools after that comment). 

So just wanted to say HAPPY APRIL, HAPPY SPRING, Hellloooo HAPPY EASTER.

And if you want to humor me and want to listen to my new favorite song of the moment, I've embedded it below.  Brandon Flowers, he's the man! 


Best wishes, readers! 

--Amber

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oh, hi. A Sephora Haul.

***Taps Mic***

Is this thing on? Is anyone out there? 

Well, I am still here. And I have a small haul for you. And of all things, IT'S A SEPHORA HAUL. While it is small, it's kinda grand and I just wanted to share it with all of you. 

I purchased these items around the end of February. Although it is late, it makes it kinda nice because I can give you some of my opinions, right? Take a peek below for all my goodies. 


Front Row: Glam Glow Dual Cleanse Cleaning Mask (.5 Ounces), Beauty Blender Solid blendercleanser
Back Row: Urban Decay All Nighter (Travel Size), Urban Decay Primer Potion

Let's be honest. The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and Primer Potion are super boring. First of all, I don' t know how many times I've written about the setting spray. It's great. This is the travel size because the one in my purse was beat up beyond recognition. I like to keep one in my purse and just refill it as needed. I've actually never bought a full size Primer Potion before. I've lived on samples for a while and until recently, the only full size eye primer I have ever purchased was by Too Faced. But I mixed it up, since I love UD eye shadows, I went with this one! Just the plain old original one, as you can tell.



These two purchases are a bit more exciting. I don't think I've ever mentioned it but, I simply adore the Beauty Blender. I cannot live with out it. It's definitely a life (dramatic, maybe?) changer. I purchased the solid cleanser because I felt that it seemed so much more easier and effortless compared to the liquid. I wash my sponge every day (unless I'm running super late) and previously I used baby shampoo but this stuff is AMAZING. I will do more about my love of the Beauty Blender here in the future.

I've discovered a love for the brand Glam Glow. I'm a girl who needs a good cleaning! And I'm on a huge skin care kick at the moment. Right now this is nice but I don't think I will be purchasing it in full size. There is another mask from them that I think might be more what I was looking for. Still nice though! And I'm totally glad they offered a smaller size option to try it out before investing more in the bigger size.



Oh la la, sample power! I was able to get the NARS gift for Beauty Insiders and I have yet to try either of the colors, so fail on my part. But I love NARS and I love lip products. This little gift was perfect for me and I must say one of the better one's they have had in years! 

I received a deluxe sample of Caudalie Cleansing Water and I have not found myself impressed with it. It needs more power but I'll give it another go. 

The other samples are:

Shiseido Benefiance Eye Wrinkle Cream- I will always try a nice eye cream!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple- This is the second time I have tried this. I hate it every time, it does nothing for me and I never feel clean after washing with it.

Glam Glow Thirsty Cleanse-My skin is oily. But this cleanser was amazing for it. I got about 2 uses from the sample but those two times I used it, my face has never felt cleaner and I swear my pores disappeared. I really think I want it! 

Small but mighty haul. Thank you for reading. I hope you'll be stopping by more lately!

--Amber



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year (and such).

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Happy New Year.

I hope this blog post finds everyone (if anyone is still reading) having a wonderful start to 2015. I also hope the holidays treated you well. This post is a little late, but better late then never.

Currently I've spend this new year battling an annoying headache and some pesky snow. What the heck is that all about? But I do want to stop by and just say thank you and of course wish you all well.

It was a crazy year last year filled with ups and downs, primarily downs which impacted a lot of my blogging, etc. So I'm truly hoping that 2015 will be a good year to remember. Last year flew by so fast, it was hard to keep up, hopefully this year slows down so I can keep track of what day is what. Along with my wishing you the best, here are a few things I'm hoping to accomplish this new year-- aka my resolutions.

1. The Blog-Yes, I need to get back to this. I love it so much. But the longer I went away, the harder it has become for me to come back. I need to sit down, get everything organized and how I want it. My computer broke down this past year and I'm still on my old-old computer. I need to update it and that will be happening soon. Along with a few other things I'm hoping to incorporate, I want to get this place back to something I'm extremely proud of. I'm thinking about the You Tube life again as well.....

2. The Shopping-There's a reason my blog is called Shoppedtilidropped, helloooo, I shop. A lot. I say this all the time, I need to just stop. Forever? But it makes me so happy! I'm hoping to accomplish a super low buy this year. Please send me luck!

3.The Health-There was a time when I was a healthy/working out nut but this year, this year *sigh* I really let it go. I hate myself for it. Not drinking enough water and hardly exercising, I'm disappointed. But like I've said before, it was rough year and I can totally get back on track, right?

4. The Oil Pulling- So. Random. I'm talking about oil pulling with coconut oil (look in to it). I did this for about 2 months last year and really liked the results, especially for my teeth. But I'm not a morning person and for best results a girl has got to do it in the morning, this year, I will keep up with it. I hope. 

5. The Attitude-I'm in the slumps, ya all. There I said it. I need to improve it and try to get everything back organized and in perfect shape. I don't feel like me and I really wish to get back to my goals and inspirations and that oh so hey, it's Amber (get outta my face world #ownit) out look. So bare with me. And feel free to slap me into shape if I get out of hand. 

Seriously, if anyone is still out there. Thanks for reading this and hopefully 2015 will be one of the best years yet! Please stay tuned for more posts in the new year!

--Amber

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brand. New. HAIR!!!!!!!




Okay, it's been three weeks as of Wednesday of this week. But there was a time when it was brand new. Well, not entirely brand new, just 9 inches off and layered. I was open minded, yet still a bit hesitant when she said how much that she would cut off. I went with 9 because I wanted all of my dye from highlights and ombre out. I've gotten used to it but I still feel a bit bald at times and maybe a bit lack luster, there is something so fun about having super long hair. 

All the color you see here is my natural. It looks so much darker, right? That was the first thing I said when I looked at it after being cut and styled. It's amazing what a new hair style can do. 

Right now, I still struggle with finding a routine to get it to look the way I want it too. I've been straightening it a lot which is super easy and quick to do, so that's always a plus on my early mornings. 

Curling it has become very challenging, especially with the multiple layers. I really liked the way she curled it, very big and loose waves. Love. It. Times a million. I will be investing in a large barreled curling iron here in the near future. Now I will just have to try to master the way she did it. 

Keep going for some pictures!


The "before". I was having a horrible hair day that day, so I was ready to chop it off!




The after with big waves. I need to learn how to do this. 
Sorry for the less then great selfies!



This image is of me with THIRD DAY HAIR. It was the Friday after I got the new style. Pretty impressive, right?

Sorry for making you look at my face so much. But I felt after not having a proper hair cut for 2 years, a post about it was due. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

--Amber






Friday, October 31, 2014

Orange You Glad It's Halloween

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN. I hope you've had a spooktacular day. See what I did there? I'm a big fan of Halloween even though I don't necessarily take part in it anymore. Sure, I'm always game for a costume and love the decor. But it just isn't what it once was with the parties and what not. I'm getting old aren't I? Of course, to most people Halloween is more candy then anything. And that's always a treat.

I decided to share with you some orange, well orange-ish outfits that I wore these last few days. Technically they are more of a rust shade but nonetheless, they sure do say fall. 

The Ultimate Fall Dress




|Dress- Target (love this)|Cardigan-Victoria's Secret "Long Lean Cardi"
|Belt- Target|Tights- JcPenney
|Boots- Collin Stewart (Victoria's Secret, Old)

How many times have we seen this dress? I know I've blogged about it more than once. It's the perfect fall color, it takes on a very brown tone yet still looks fabulous with black. It's just so me. And I love it....thank you, Target for another amazing find! 

Orange-ish Denim


|Peplum Top- Victoria's Secret (here)| Cardigan- Forever 21 (similar)
|Jeans- JcPenney (Arizona Jean Co. Here)|Shoes- J.Crew Factory (here) 
|Necklace- Target 


Pumpkins, Flowers and Bows.....


A Boo-tiful card from my fabulous friend, Mel! 

This was my Halloween attire, well besides the Snow White costume I dawned for like the 2nd year to hand out candy! So I should say this was my day time attire. Festive but not too festive and maybe a little redundant from the day before with the black, rust/orange color and stripes. Halloween is only once a year, might as well celebrate in style, right?


Celebrate with a drink!

Wishing you a lovely end of the month. Tomorrow when we wake up it will be NOVEMBER. Can you believe it. Where did the year go? Anyone know?!?!

Thanks for stopping by! 

--Amber



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just Like Old Times: A HAUL

I spent a lot of my summer not shopping. I know that's probably extremely hard to believe but it's true. I went all summer with out buying any clothes or make up. I did however break that streak once Labor Day came around. I went a wee bit crazy. The sales were something else. I got some great deals at Banana Republic, Loft and then made a small purchase at MAC. But that isn't what this haul is....

This weekend marked another "oops.... I spent it again" (ha ha) moment. This time I was able to venture out (ohhhh la la am I like some type of shut in?) to another--bigger town about an hour away. It's nothing high class but it has a Target and that makes my day. 

So here are my weekend findings from Target, Old Navy, and Victoria's Secret. Nothing too terribly special but it's always fun to show your new purchases with other shopping/blogging lovers!

Target


Dollar section goodies! I absolutely love the dollar bin area in Targets. They have a lot of stuff for kiddos but also a lot of cheap items for office and entertaining. The "Retail Therapy" wallet was not a dollar (see tag) but I just couldn't resist, I love collecting pouches for my purses! 

I'm obsessed with the white tins with lace like details. Unfortunately they only had 2 left. I think I will use them for my desk I am refurbishing. I'm the type of girl who can never have enough notebooks and these 2 were too cute to pass up, same for the pins!


I recently had a garage sale and purged a bunch of my scarves, vowing to not purchase any more this upcoming season. In my defense this one WAS on sale. it was around $11 and I Just loved the neutralness of it mixed with the bold colors and tribal-esque design. 


Elf is very hard for me to find in the town I live in, so when I do go where it is available, I get the basics. Technically, the only basic for me is the Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium #holygrail but I also grabbed a small stipple brush and the Elf Daily Brush cleanser, I'm excited to see how it works. 



I almost didn't purchase this dress. It looked okay on the hanger and I was automatically drawn to it because well, it's grey. I'm also a huge fan of cowl necks and something told me to just try it on, just to see how it fits.  It reminded me of one from Kensie that I wanted (here) but much cheaper. This dress is by Paisley Sky, I have no idea what that means but I like the dress. (Online here)


Two sale purchases for lounging or well, working out! The sweatshirt on the left is a cute cropped style and was another sale item at $11! The athletic tank on the right was $7 and oh gosh, from what I've had it on for, it's actually really nice. Here it is online but not on sale!

Old Navy


Pretty little preppy sweater. And it was 50% off, wahooo. I love brown in the fall and this one is just great. Part of me wishes I bought it in a nice grey too (of course, I do). Here it is online.


Now here are two REAL super savings. The blue maxi dress is just not showing up to it's beauty! It's a nice eyelet fabric. The grey one will be nice to just slip on or layer up for when it's colder. I never try to buy things solely because they are on sale but I couldn't pass on these because I just find them to be so fun. And look at the prices below! 


Victoria's Secret


Yes, I bought underwear at Victoria's Secret, it's their specialty #amiright It was 5 for $26.50 and then I had a coupon for a free pair.


Wahoooo AMERICA! This was stashed away on a sale rack. Funny thing is, I had saw this in a catalog but when I went to look at it online, it was already gone. I was a bit surprised to find it. The last thing I need is another tank top but this one is just too patriotic to pass up. There are sequins all over the front of it. Very. Nice. 

That was my haul. Pretty tame, maybe? Yet still pretty fun. Shopping this past weekend made me feel a bit happier. See, just like the wallet says "Retail Therapy." 

Tomorrow will mark the first day of October. Are you ready?

Thanks for reading! 

--Amber