Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion Review: 100% Goes to Charity!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Enigma

No joke, I receive a few emails a month from brands who have products that promise to donate pennies on the dollar to a worthy cause for each purchase. In no way do I negate that any donation is helpful to a worthy organization, but I think it’s time for brands to start putting their money where their mouths are — donating substantial amounts of money — like 100% of the purchase price of that product to a worthy cause. Sadly, all of the brands I know that do this with a specific product, I can count on one hand.

One of my favorite brands, Urban Decay, is doing just that. 100% of the purchase price of their brand new Eyeshadow Primer Potion in limited-edition shade Enigma is part of The Ultraviolet Edge Initiative, which will empower women in Uganda in ways that will make them self-sufficient, and substantially change their lives for the better  — giving them chances they wouldn’t have otherwise. Before I go more into the initiative and the benefits, I want to show you the primer. Because it’s AWESOME!

Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion

UD recently upgraded the packaging for the primers, and they are seriously better than ever. I love the tube with the wand combo, it just makes sense! Enigma is a 24-hour wear shade that’s matte, and a neutral beige-nude. It does have some pigment to it for me, and I’ve actually worn it alone as a cream shadow to neutralize the redness on my eyelids. It’s got that same creamy texture we’re all used to when it comes to their Primer Potion. I’m not disappointed at all in the product. The only thing I am disappointed in — is that it’s limited-edition! So stock up, like yesterday!  [Read more…]

It’s Time for the Space NK Spring 2015 Beauty Edit Gift Bag, So You Know I’m Happy About It

space NK spring beauty edit 2015

You guys know I go nuts right before every season when Space NK does their incredible beauty edit gift with purchase. It’s always packed with deluxe sizes of products from 28 brands that I normally wouldn’t be able to afford to try otherwise, and it also lets me know exactly which luxe beauty products I should be saving my pennies for! This season’s Spring Beauty Edit bag even has one full size product in it, so you know I’m all over it.

The one caveat—you have to act fast! This special Space NK gift with purchase will be available only on February 18th, and while supplies last. It’s valued at over $400, and the products are DIVINE.

The deets from Space NK:

On Wednesday, February 18th, Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of our 23 US locations. During this special, one-day-only shopping event, customers will be perfectly prepped for the new season as we present the latest in spring beauty and looks from our “New Bohemian” SS15 campaign. Guests can meet with experts from some of our finest brands for makeovers, advice and tips.

Event times, featured experts and services vary by location. Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a gift with a selection of must-haves from 28 of our featured brands (deluxe, travel and full-size items). As this is our most popular event of the year, shoppers are encouraged to reserve their space in advance to avoid disappointment.

This gift with purchase will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at spacenk.com on February 18th.  [Read more…]

GIVEAWAY: Get Better Beauty Sleep on a Casper, Win an Amazing New Mattress!

win a casper mattress

I remember the last time we went mattress shopping. It was about three years ago. We spent about an hour in a mattress superstore, lying on beds within our price range, taking turns saying “Honey? How does this feel to you?”

“It’s too stiff.”

“Well, it’s actually too soft for me. But what about this one?”

“I can feel and hear the springs. So this would be a NO.”

We were striking out, HARD. Feeling pressured by the salesman, and being desperate for something to sleep on that night—we compromised on what we thought was a nice pillow-top mattress within our budget. You really just want to get out of those places as soon as possible, because I’m finding more and more, that buying a mattress is about as high pressure as being stuck at a car dealership. Mattress shopping shouldn’t be that hard!

After a few weeks, we could feel and hear the springs every time we tossed and turned (which we were doing a lot of, since we were so uncomfortable). One morning at breakfast, I looked up from my coffee mug with a sore neck, and exclaimed that I HATED our new mattress, and that we would never buy one with springs again. The only thing was—memory foam mattresses aren’t exactly in our budget, especially after we had just shelled out for that terrible pillow-top thing they called a “mattress”.

casper mattress

Along comes Casper, and all of these problems were instantly SOLVED.

I was prepared to give our new Casper at least two weeks before making a decision on it. I didn’t want to rush it, and neither did Mr. Beauty Junkies. Especially since Casper offers a 100-night risk-free trial. (He’s actually the most hard to please out of the two of us!) Well, we ended up texting each other the next morning (nearly simultaneous), to already proclaim our love for the Casper we had slept on for the first time the night before. I’m not making this up!

So, what makes a Casper, a Casper? 

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

clairol hair food

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!


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
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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