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I’ve called this post ‘Random Beauty Product Reviews’, purely because ‘here are some products I don’t have time to do proper reviews for’ doesn’t really sound as good, does it? I mean, ‘Random Beauty Product Reviews’ could be a Thing: an intentional Thing, maybe even a regular Thing. The other one, meanwhile, just sounds like a Lazy Thing, and that just won’t do.

It is TRUE, though: these are all products I’ve had lying around for a while now, and I WAS intending to do reviews for all of them, but honestly, not all items really need/deserve an in-depth review, so I figured why not just throw them all together, and give you some quick info which might help you decide whether or not you want to try them for yourself. So here they are!

random beauty product reviews



This was sent to me as part of a Birchbox collaboration, and I had really high hopes of it, because it gets amazing reviews. This isn’t going to be one of them, unfortunately, because I honestly don’t see any difference to my pores at all when I use it: they’re not super-obvious to start with, to be fair, but they look exactly the same both pre and post application, so I was a little underwhelmed, really. On the plus side, this does create a smooth base for foundation, so I’d say it’s a pretty good primer, but not so great on the pore-shrinking front.


This is a perfect colour match for my browns, being a bit redder than the name suggests, so the ‘brow natural’ bit is definitely correct for me. Unfortunately the application leaves a lot to be desired: it’s a marker-pen, which I thought I’d like, but I find it almost impossible to get the colour to actually come out of the thing and onto my skin. I’m not sure if I just picked up a dud pen or something (I have the matching eyeliner from this brand, which I mentioned earlier this week, and I really like it), but I think I’ll probably stick to pencil-based brow products in the future. Great colour for redheads, though, so there is that.


I swear by clear lip liners, which are an absolute must for people without lips – they make sure you don’t colour outside the totally made-up lipline you just drew on when you’re applying you’re lipstick, but they don’t create a visible outline, like regular liners can. This one was only £1, and I have no complaints: it even has a little built-in sharpener in the lid, which is a great idea. (Note to self: totally forgot to put this into my travel makeup bag – whoops!)

brow pencil and lip liner


This sunscreen is SPF 30, which is lower than I’d usually go for, but high enough for the typical British summertime. It was sent as a sample by the brand, and I’ve been using it on my face, even although it’s not specifically a facial sunscreen. It does work as one, although, as you might expect, it’s quite thick, and requires a bit of time to sink in properly. This is actually designed for sports use, and I’ve worn it on the couple of outdoor runs I’ve managed this summer: I was pretty impressed with it for that purpose, because it stayed put for the full hour, and didn’t have a super-strong smell, like some similar products I’ve tried. If I’m going to be wearing makeup on top, I’d still go for my Chanel sunscreen, which feels more like a moisturiser, and is easier to apply foundation over, but this is a good option for exercise. I was also sent the Sun Protection Mist, which comes in a spray can (my preferred type of sunscreen for the body): it’s a little bit greasy on first application, but dries in fine, and overall, I’ve no complaints – oh, and it’s SPF50, too, which is great.


This snuck its way into a recent H&M order, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I’ve been favouring pen/pencil style lip colour over traditional lipsticks lately, purely because I find them a bit easier to apply, and this one is a very matte red, which is quite long-lasting. It’s fairly dry, and does drag a bit when you’re applying it, so it’s not perfect by any means, but it smells amazing, which is neither here nor there, really, but a nice, added bonus. Here’s what it looks like on:

H&M lipstick pencil in Paint the Town Red

(My top, by the way is c/o Choies, and is one of the items I had to run home from the post office with: the joys!)

On another note, I’m STILL having issues with Bloglovin’ and am STILL being resolutely ignored by them, despite numerous emails, tweets etc. If you’re following me there, er, don’t, basically – maybe try Twitter instead!


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  • Anna Nuttall
    August 20, 2015

    What issue are you having with bloglovin?

  • Annabelle
    August 20, 2015

    Hello Amber,
    I propose a bloglovin foreveramber followers strike in support! Let’s all march in midi lenght dresses to intimidate them!

    I hope for you they’ll settle everything before your vacations.

    Thank you for the porefessional review especially. It’s one of my main concerns and I’m fed up with buying uneffective stuff.

  • Miss Kitty
    August 21, 2015

    I wonder if Bloglovin is punishing you for not entering their competition? Perhaps they decided to sabotage you! I really hope they get it sorted soon – I only use Bloglovin to follow blogs, I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. If the issues carry on too long, I will sign up by email, or just carry on checking in every now and then, like I am now! Love that Choies top by the way, blue is one of my favourite colours, and it looks good on you too!

    • Amber
      August 21, 2015

      I have to admit, it did cross my mind that it could be some kind of “punishment” for that post! I’d like to think they wouldn’t be that petty, but the fact that they’ve been ignoring every single attempt I’ve made to contact them doesn’t really speak well of them!

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. 
I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ (Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂) #pbloggers #mummybloggers #mummybloggersuk #ukmumblog #mumblogsuk #mumblogs #mamablog #ukparentbloggers #parentbloggersuk #ukparentingblog #parentingbloggers #motherhoodblogger #motherhoodblog #ukblogger #ukofficialblogger #happyblogger #mummyblog #bloggerclubuk #instamum

Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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I posted this on Stories...

We’re back home in not-so-sunny Scotland, but my feed is still stuck in Florida... New post is up on the blog (direct link in Stories..), talking about how we’ve been dealing with toddler jetlag, and why I always hate coming home after a trip...
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We’re back home in not-so-sunny...

James Bond as a toddler... .
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James Bond as a toddler......

Blue sky, blue dress
Random Beauty Product Reviews x 5