If you’ve been a regular reader, you may have noticed I’ve been mostly missing in action for many weeks. It’s a long story — but I’ll attempt to explain without TMI. In April, I experienced a series of minor medical issues that we thought were no big deal, and that I would be fine with some treatment. When May rolled around, the situation had changed exponentially, and required emergency medical intervention — eventually leading to a major surgery. This required a somewhat lengthy recovery for me. Not only to heal physically, but during all of those weeks, I had a few mental epiphanies as well. Life has a way of telling you what you need. It WILL slow you down whether you’re ready or not — especially when you need it, but you try to fight it. The great news: I am okay now, because I stopped trying to fight it.
This little blog here turns seven years old later this month — I can’t believe it! First, thank YOU for making it possible for me to have this place on the internet to speak with you all. You are such a great support system. I love interacting with you, hearing your stories, making friends with you, and I enjoy our online banter! So to those of you who may not really be familiar with me yet, I wanted to quickly introduce myself!
My name is Amber, and I’ve been in the beauty industry in some capacity since 2001. I am a licensed cosmetologist, although not practicing behind the chair any longer. I have stayed current on my licensure in the industry, and try to stay in the loop. Like you, I’m also a consumer and avid connoisseur of beauty products. I do this from the heart, it’s what I was meant to do in life, and I don’t blog solely for free products or press samples. These are merely tools so that I can show you what’s out there. I do buy a lot of products I review, but to be honest — there’s no way I could purchase all of the products you see here. Please know, that just because a brand sends me an item — it doesn’t mean I guarantee a review, or even a 100% flattering one at that.
Truth be told, many of the items that come across my desk don’t make the cut at all to even be featured on the blog. “Why?” you may ask…
To be honest with you, I don’t have the time to write “rant” reviews, which is why you won’t see them here. Not only that, they make me feel sad and negative. Who needs that in their life? Now, that does not mean that every product I feature is 100% peachy keen and perfect. I will review and share products that I like for the most part, but offer constructive criticism otherwise if something could use some improvement in an area. I’m not in “cahoots” with any brand — and I carefully choose what sponsored opportunities to participate in. (Sponsored opportunities help me pay for hosting, programmers, and designers. Maintaining my site is not a cheap date, and I’m not over here getting rich by beauty blogging!) Another thing: with my recent health crisis, I’ve learned that life is too short. I’m going to spend my time promoting what I love instead of bashing what I hate. I hope that resonates with you and that you can understand my decision. [Read more…]