On Being “Internet” Pretty

An Ode

Image: PopSugar – Kirbie Johnson

When I was a teenager, the closest thing to social media I had was my Motorola PAGER in its translucent turquoise case. Cell phones were the size of a briefcase, and the internet was something only large corporations had. Now, I spend an embarrassing percentage of my day online reading blogs, news sites, cruising Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and writing this blog. Sometimes, I stumble across comments that are really sad to read. Not only are teenagers saying hurtful things to each other about their looks, weight, clothing, and hairstyles—the same adults that grew up in the social media-less world I did, are doing the exact same thing.


Looking back, I don’t specifically remember leaving anonymous comments myself bashing a person for their appearance or anything like that. I don’t recall it at all. If I did, it was wrong. But you know what? I’m sure in the past I’ve said cruel or snarky things about celebrities on my site. For that, I’m sorry. It wasn’t right.

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Source: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram – It may have a lot of likes, but there are a lot of foul comments.

So why the sudden burst of consciousness? Last night, I read an article written by a woman whose personal Halloween photo went viral in a very bad way. My heart swelled for her. I also felt embarrassed for how many times I’ve seen similar memes come across my own Facebook timeline doing the exact same thing, with dozens—or even hundreds of “likes”. Maybe shame is a better word for how I felt.  [Read more...]

Win It! China Glaze Off Shore Collection Giveaway (5 Winners)

China Glaze Off Shore Collection

So what if September is on the way? This California girl is just not ready to give up summer yet, and you’re probably not either! Don’t get me wrong, I love my jewel tones and sweaters (and I’ll be covering fall products in a few weeks), but there’s something so fun about brights that makes me want to wear them year-round. Bright toes? Yes, PLEASE! And let’s not forget how great brightly pigmented nail polish shades are great for nail art, 365 days a year.

This summer, I’ve adorned my tootsies with several shades from the China Glaze Off Shore Collection, and I’ve received compliments when I wear sandals. I’d have to say my fave shades are Wait n’ Sea, Sun Upon My Skin, and X-Ta-Sea, but I’d love to hear your personal faves.

And guess what? You also have a chance to win one of five complete sets of the Off Shore Collection!

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Left to right: Sea’s the Day, Stoked to Be Soaked, If in Doubt, Surf it Out

  • Sea’s the Day – Rich red crème 
  • Stoked to Be Soaked – Primary orange crème
  • If in Doubt, Surf it Out – Mellow orange crème  

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I Heart Bain de Terre, So Enjoy Exclusive Beauty Junkies Savings!

Bain de Terre Passion Flower

I spend a small fortune on my hair color, between the base color and the highlights, and as a result—I can be a little picky when it comes to my hair products. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Passion Flower Collection from Bain de Terre, and I fell in love!

At first, I couldn’t believe that this salon-only brand had such incredibly affordable price points. And then, the lovely fragrances in the products transported me to some place tropical in my mind. (Well hello there, coconut oil, gardenia extract, black currant, argan, and monoi oils!) While I’m a fan of the Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner (they’re both paraben-free), I also like the Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray. My hair stays in place all day, and the argan and monoi oils leave it super shiny without any dryness.

If you’re not familiar with Bain de Terre, they’ve been used in the best salons and trusted by salon professionals for ages! Bain de Terre offers hair-healthy, botanical-rich products and treatments for every hair type and for all of your styling needs. Check these collections out:

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Leave a comment, let me know what you’ve tried, want to try, or what you’re picking up!

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review & Photos

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I’m always up for a mascara challenge, and L’Oréal Paris recently released their latest innovation—Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. If you’re familiar with Manga, you know it’s a type of Japanese comic book featuring whimsical drawings of characters with mostly enlarged eyes, and some of them have exaggerated groups of spiky eyelashes.

Coincidentally, I went to a festival in Little Tokyo last weekend, and they had an AMAZING store that sold nothing but Japanese cosmetics, so you know I was in heaven. What I thought was super interesting, was that a lot of the models on the packaging were portrayed with Manga-type eyes, even the hair color boxes! loreal miss manga

So with Miss Manga, the effect is supposed to offer an amplified lash effect that has volume, and a grouped, spiky look. It’s available in both regular and waterproof formulas, and has an interesting brush. It’s cone shaped with a tapered end, and the wand itself has a section that flexes. I find that the bristles are on the shorter side, and very dense; holding a considerable amount of product to really coat lashes.  [Read more...]

The Best Summer Acne Busters

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For some reason, this is the time of year that I struggle the most with those pesky pimples. Even though I feel like I’ve reached an age where they should be a non-issue, summer always seems to bring out the worst in my skin, and I know I’m not alone. I can’t tell you how many frantic texts and email messages I’ve received from my good girlfriends recently, basically screaming, “HELP!”

Blame it on the heat, the climate you live in, excessive perspiration, perhaps even the sunscreen that doesn’t 100% get washed off (even when we think it has been). It can be hormones (Oh, don’t we just LOVE those?), and also—the carefree days of summer. We’re camping, we’re vacationing, we’re swimming. Maybe we’re just not being as diligent about our skincare routines as we normally are during other times of the year. And then—once all the acne is cleared, sometimes we head into fall with reminders of the acne we had in the form of discoloration—which makes it even more frustrating. Acne—the gift that keeps on giving!

I hope you find it comforting to know, that a few friends and I have suffered just the way you may be right now, and we’ve put products to the test! Here’s what we discovered to help minimize our summer acne frustrations.

best acne facial cleansers

Cleansers are the first line of defense to get the gunk off that initially clogs our pores. We MUST wash our faces, twice a day! Try incorporating one of these facial cleansers into your skincare regimen:  [Read more...]

Exclusive Q&A with Neutrogena’s Gabrielle Union on Her Beauty Routine & UV Protection

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This morning, I was FLOORED when I read this on cnn.com:

Until today, the surgeon general has never said, ‘UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin’, acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said.

I have to wonder how many lives would have been saved if UV protection were taken as seriously during other decades, as it’s taken today. [Read more...]

Meet L.A.’s Own Brow Diva Darling, Kelley Baker

Kelley Baker Brows

Recently, I experienced a twist of fate, one that will likely change my eyebrows for a very, very long time. I’ve been into threading for several years, due to a few bad waxing experiences. (Those gals weren’t doing such a great job, if you know what I mean.) But after being satisfied with threading for a while, the gals I once trusted began dropping off like flies.

It was impossible to get a consistent result—which drove me nuts because I’m pretty neurotic about my brows as it is. I also began to feel like I didn’t matter as a client anymore. My satisfaction wasn’t even an issue to the last person I saw. When I left her studio for the last time—I said THAT’S IT! No more giving my hard-earned money to people who don’t care about client service or the pride of their work.

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Yes, eyebrows matter!

I know you’re thinking—they’re just eyebrows Amber, no big deal! But brows are like art, just like the eyeshadow you wear, how you perfect your lashes with so many coats of your favorite mascara, or wearing your favorite lipstick. They’re crucial for facial recognition, and one of the first things you notice about someone when you meet. You know you’ve cringed when you’ve met a gorgeous gal with bad brows before (or a guy for that matter). Having the correct eyebrow shape performed by a TRUE brow expert will SERIOUSLY up your beauty game.  [Read more...]

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess Review, Photos, Swatches

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Hot Mess

For weeks, I’ve been hearing around the Blogosphere that the new L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are dupes of another new lip color product from Too Faced that people have already deemed “holy grail status”, the Melted Liquified Long Wearing Lipsticks. While I haven’t had the fortune of trying the Melted lippies yet, I was on a mission to find the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in my area, because I had to see if they were the bargain that people were saying that they are! (Plus, the shades looked really pretty!)

I wound up locating them at a small accessories boutique, and wouldn’t you know, they only had two left. One was Hot Mess, this fun orange, and the other was Pin-Up, a red in which I have a dozen other similar shades. So Hot Mess it was!

la girl glazed lip paint

From previous research, right off the bat, I can tell you the applicators are totally different on Glazed versus Melted. In fact, I don’t recommend applying Glazed directly out of the tube at all, you’ll make a mess! The product has a little bit of a gloppy consistency if you apply it that way, it’s extremely pigmented, and it’s sure to be applied unevenly and will result in bleeding/migration outside of the lip line.  [Read more...]

The Lipstick League: Week of 7/14/14

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend! This is the week of the 6th anniversary of Beauty Junkies Unite. Keep your eyes peeled here on the blog and on my social media accounts for special giveaways just for you! Now let’s take a look at this week’s links from my friends in The Lipstick League…

Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do?

Answer: I would never loan mascara or eyeliner, so that’s out anyway. I have allowed only very, VERY good girlfriends to use my lipstick, and that’s been fine. (I dip in alcohol later to cleanse.) If someone broke a blush pan, nail polish, or foundation bottle, I’d just assume it was an accident and let it go. Over the years, I’ve kind of developed a “don’t expect to see back what you loan out” mentality. (I’m pretty selective about what I loan, and pretty much always receive everything back!) But makeup is a little different to me. If one of my really good girlfriends is in need of something I have (within reason), it’s okay with me if an accident happens. They’d probably offer to try to replace, and that gesture would be good enough for me. I love my makeup collection, but I treasure my friends more! Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully! Phyrra: Love Urban Decay? I share my Omen Tutorial, plus we’re giving away a ton of Urban Decay Eyeshadows! Open worldwide. we heart this is calling all blush addicts; Ellis Faas has something you’re going to want to see… Beauty Junkies UniteTake a sneak peek at the newest hair color innovation from Garnier, Color Styler. Now you can rock bright, bold hair hues without the commitment or damage of traditional hair color! Clumps of Mascara gifted a reader with her own personal post of makeup tips from beauty bloggers! EauMG shares her most complimented perfumes of all time! Some of the ones that made the list will surprise you. Gouldylox Reviews: I love you guys! Find out why and enter to win a $2,000 VIP Beauty Treatment! Please enter, I really want one of you to win so you’ll tell me what a $2,000 beauty treatment is like! My Beauty Bunny: Remember how I raved about Onsen Secret last week? Try it for yourself by winning a $1,000 shopping spree from my new favorite skin care line. (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.) Make it a beautiful week!