Visit the “Hair Food Truck” in the Los Angeles-area on 10/30 for FREE Hair Food!


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I know, Hair Food? It sounds kinda funny! But it’s a new hair product collection that I’ve spied at Target in the past month, and I’ve had pretty strong willpower not to purchase it yet—because heaven only knows I have enough shampoo for a small country. (I do often share with shelters in need—and with my friends—I swear!)

I finally got my hands on a few of the products last night, and I’m not quite ready to offer you a review just yet since I’ve only used a few of them once. (They do all smell extra delicious, by the way!) The good news is, there’s a special event this Thursday (10/30) in Hollywood for all my Los Angelenos and SoCal friends. Go visit the Hair Food Truck at Hollywood Blvd. & North Highland Ave., and you’ll score a FREE full-size Hair Food product, a tote bag, and a coupon! The Hair Food Truck will be there from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

Local tip, because I absolutely LOATHE driving and parking in Hollywood:

There is a Hollywood/Highland stop on the Metro Red Line train that is SUPER easy to access, and takes you right there! When I go to Hollywood, it’s the only way I’ll go, because it’s SO easy.

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Keep Calm: Better Days are Ahead!


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Hi lovelies!

Sorry for the radio silence on my end for so long. The site is undergoing some tech issues that are driving us CRAZY. Long story short, it’s not 100% functional on my end, and I’m very unhappy with its performance. There have been many posts and images over the past few weeks that have disappeared, or have just not looked right at all. We’re working on a resolution behind the scenes, but it could take a little more time than I’d like.

Thank you so much for your understanding, and for not deserting Beauty Junkies Unite. I appreciate every single one of you, and I wouldn’t be here 5 ½ years later if it were not for YOU. Fingers crossed it won’t be much longer. Giveaways, new product release posts, and general prettiness are on the way soon.

You can still find me on social media! Let’s stay social!

Instagram: beautyjunkies
Twitter: @beautyjunkies
Facebook: facebook.com/beautyjunkiesunite
Pinterest: pinterest.com/beautyjunkies

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Snag This Mega Score During the Space NK Spring Beauty Edit


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On Wednesday, February 19th, Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of their 23 US locations. During this special, one-day-only shopping event, customers will be perfectly prepped for the new season as they present the latest in spring beauty.

Guests can meet with experts from some of their finest brands for personalized classes, makeovers, advice and tips. Event times, featured experts and services will vary by location. Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a gift featuring a selection of must-haves from 26 of their featured brands (deluxe, travel and full-size items). As this is their most popular event of the year, shoppers are encouraged to reserve their space (and gift!) in advance to avoid disappointment. This gift will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at spacenk.com on February 19th (US only).

I’ve been going through my bag this week, and I’m AMAZED by the loot that’s inside it! It’s like a treasure-trove of mini luxury products I wouldn’t normally have :)

  • Space NK Cosmetics Bag (exclusive for the Spring Beauty Edit event)
  • African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil (17 ml)
  • Antica Farmacista Prosecco Room Fragrance (25 ml)
  • Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum (3 ml)
  • Bumble & bumble Thickening Hairspray (1 oz)
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum (10 ml)
  • Darphin Hydraskin Light (15 ml)
  • Diptyque Volutes Eau de Toilette (12 ml)
  • Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes (5 ml)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (5 ml)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Essential Mascara (.13 fl oz)
  • Life NK Daily Fix Body Lotion (50 ml)
  • Mio Skincare The Activist (30 ml)
  • Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Eye (2 ml)
  • NIA24 Gentle Cleansing Cream (1 oz)
  • Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color (1.7 oz)
  • Philip B African Shea Butter Shampoo or Peppermint Shampoo (2 fl oz)
  • Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum (8 ml)
  • Rahua Conditioner (2 oz)
  • Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask (15 ml)
  • Rococo Nail Apparel Nail Polish Remover Tissues (full size)
  • Rodial Super Food Day Cream (5 ml)
  • Sai-Sei Mineral Loofah Body Polish Soap (full size)
  • Sunday Riley Artemis Hydro-Active Face Oil (3 ml)
  • Wei Dragon Blood Eye Lifting Pad (single use)
  • Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask (5 ml)

February 19th is the day for the Spring Beauty Edit! Get on it while you can today at Space NK locations, or on spacenk.com. Happy shopping!

Thank You, So Very Much


thank youThis week has been really hard for me, but I just want you to know, that each and every one of you who has reached out to me has really touched my heart. I feel very blessed to be involved in such a loving, supportive online community.

I’m already feeling stronger, and I promise that the blog will return to normal, slowly but surely. Thanks for all of your support and patience. xo, Amber

In Loving Tribute


grandma squareHi guys,

I know I usually don’t write terribly personal items on my blog, but I strongly feel that I owe this lovely woman a few moments and some digital space in this universe.

After a valiant fight, last night I lost my beloved Grandma. She suffered from Alzheimer’s and was plagued with other health issues that affected her livelihood. I choose to remember her as the lovely, gracious, vivacious woman she was.

EVERYONE loved her. To know her was to love her, and I can’t even tell you how many times I had friends tell me that they wish my Grandma were their own. She was a selfless woman, and my God, she loved to feed you! She would make you anything you wanted from scratch, no matter the time, morning noon and night. I loved her biscuits and gravy, and I swear she could win a contest with her chicken & dumplings.

She loved angels and cherubs, and I know that now she is my own. There were a lot of things she taught me, but these are some that will stick with me for a long time:

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  • Always be kinder than necessary, even if you don’t think someone is deserving of it, because they need the kindness more than you know.
  • Hurt people hurt others. So try not to take your hurt out on others.
  • When you’re upset or troubled by something, don’t worry! It will “all come out in the wash in the morning.” (Boy, she was right about that one!)

But most of all, she was a loving woman who raised me as if I were her own, and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for me. Even if it meant standing outside Toys ‘R Us for days at a time, to get me not just one Cabbage Patch doll, but two.

Until we meet again Grandma, somewhere over the rainbow.

Much love always,
Your Amber

H2O+ Supports World Oceans Day 2013


h2o plus world oceans day Living in Southern California, I’m always saddened when I see the news reports about our local beaches being closed because of poor water quality, several days out of the year. A simple rain storm can trigger a beach closing, due to the urban run off that makes its way to our precious waters. Some of the most popular, beautiful beaches here receive F ratings due to a high level of bacterial pollution. Sadly, this isn’t just happening here, it’s happening all over the world.

Saturday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, bringing awareness to conservation efforts worldwide. If the world’s oceans are generating most of the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, and helps feed us—we have to take better care of it! Join H2O Plus this year to support the active restoration and preservation efforts. 10% of the sales of their limited edition Restore Our Water Planet Shower Gel will benefit EarthEcho International, founded by the famous Cousteau family, whose mission is to restore and protect our water planet.

With antioxidant-rich watercress extract, Icelandic moss, moisturizing Vitamin E and aloe vera, this refreshing body wash imparts a clean oceanside fragrance on the skin. $10, h2oplus.com

Catch Me on HSN with Beautisol!


I know many of you have heard the good news, but some of you haven’t—and many of you have asked for a reminder of the show times! I will be joining the Self Tanning Queen herself, Sinead Norenius, creator of the FANTASTIC self-tanning line, Beautisol on HSN this week! I swear to you this is not a paid endorsement (nor have I been paid for my appearance), but I believe so much in this product. I am happy to go on HSN and tell the world just how revolutionary I think Beautisol really is.

Spring has finally sprung, which means summer is on the way. It’s time to start investigating your self-bronzing/tanning options! Catch one of our shows on the HSN Beauty Report this week to see if Beautisol is the one for you!

xo
Amber

Dear Boston, We Love You.


What happened today in Boston has completely broken my heart, and I would be remiss not to address this awful tragedy. I feel silly saying that I had a horrific day, when I know that how frightened I felt (and still feel), could never even come close to the pain and terror felt by those who live there, or who are affected in any way. I can tell you, first hand, that Boston is a beautiful, majestic city. It’s steeped rich in American history, and is home to some of the proudest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. These people LOVE their city, and have taken so much care to preserve its splendor. It’s a very special place.

I can really think of nothing better to say, than this tweet I sent out today:

Even if praying isn’t your thing (and that’s okay!), let’s all keep a little Boston in our hearts tonight, and help them for as long as they need us.

xo
Amber

Currently Loving: L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25


You guys, how much are you paying for your daytime moisturizer with SPF? Even drugstore brands can get up there. What if I told you that I found the PERFECT daily moisturizer with SPF, and it’s under $10. Yes, 10 BUCKS. About $6.99 to be exact! L’Oréal Paris just released a line of crazy-affordable skincare basics in their Ideal Collection. Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 comes in three formulas; for dry skin, normal skin, and sensitive skin. I have combination skin personally, and I’ve been rocking the normal skin formula without issue.

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 Normal Skin

This lotion is incredibly lightweight, especially for having sunscreen in it, and get this—it’s oil-free. This absorbs into my skin quickly, makes it feel nice and smooth, and doesn’t affect my foundation application. The scent is light, and very pleasant.  [Read more...]