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January tbr (to be read) + Update

23 Dec 2016

Quick update from my post about December books (2 posts before), I finished Unwind and meh meh. not really a fan yesterday (22nd December)

[note to self: read these books in January (hint - new years resolution is to read more books (more challenging books, not so much classics as they are boring and I haven’t found one that seems to be actually good and that I can actually understand)]

- It ends with us - Colleen Hoover  
- Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro
- Switched, Trylee trilogy- Amanda Hocking
- Reboot - Amy Tintera

December book update:
So far (23th December), I have read
- Unwind                                                                             In total I have read 5 books this month and                      
- Seed                                                                                   have done zero work for school!! :))))
- Glitch (full trilogy) (in short 3 books)                        
and am currently reading ‘It ends with us’

This post literally has no meaning unless you like books but don’t care :) And it is all over the place

Black African Soap

21 Dec 2016

I have been doing this routine for around 3-4 weeks - 
 for the past 2 weeks my night routine has consisted of removing my makeup with the Simple eye makeup remover, the week before I would use the coconut oil method, but I’ve been extremely lazy so switched to makeup remover. Then I use my Black African Soap which is amazing!

My skin is relatively clear, however I get the majority of my spots on the centre of my forehead and around my nose. Last year I broke out a lot due to stress for GCSE's (cringe bc compare them to A-levels), and despite the spots clearing up, I was left with what looked like spots but where in fact ‘2D’. I don’t know how to explain it, my skin was soft but still had acne pigmentation. 

Although the black african soap hasn’t cleared all my skin, it has actually been removing the acne pigmentation, which is great because before I would apply concealer everyday to my forehead because it looked like I had spots but I didn't! (v frustrating) 

[I SKIPPED LIKE 1 DAY IM SORRY I JUST WAS SO TIRED DONT KILL ME]

I lather the soap with water, and just cleanse my face (? it is v simple ?)

cons:                                                                                                                              pros:
Leaves your skin dry                                                                                                    Under £5
Strong-ish smell                                                                                                            Seems to work 4 me

luv luv luv it 
aMBRA x 

December Books

20 Dec 2016

please ignore the plastic ugly covers :) 


To know my progress with books, I try to update what page number I am on  or what I am currently reading on ‘Goodreads’. My Goodreads account is here :)

Seed | 
This book is about a life lived in a cult, a girl named Pearl has lived her whole life at Seed, they worship nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. This book is quite disturbing (I don't know how to phrase anything without spoiling it ahhhh) A boy from the outside arrives and Pearl beings to experience feelings, but Pearl was ‘brainwashed’ by Seed to believe the outside world is literally poison. [OkAY just look up someones review :)] And Pearl begins to realise that Seed isn’t ‘good’

Unwind | 
So this book is essentially where unwanted teenagers are salvaged for their body parts (morbid much?) So far (I’m on page 100), it seems like every chapter starts with a different point of view however they all link. There are 3 main characters so far, Connor, Risa and Lev who are all on their way to ‘Harvest camp’ to be unwinded, and somehow escape and are trying to fight the system. 
Current opinions
- I don't tend to like books that change perspective every chapter 
- I’m going to carry on reading and try finish the book
- If I like it then I’ll finish the trilogy but :)))) 

Never Let Me Go | 
The reason why I left this book last is because I’m going in order from ‘not challenging to quite challenging’ So Seed was easy to read and Never Let Me Go is apparently challenging (well for me anyways). I really wanted to get this post up and obviously I haven’t read this book yet. But my school librarian did recommend it, oh and it is also a movie so :)

If you didn't notice the trend of book genres, (Dystopian-Romance) do you recommend any books that will challenge me?

Romaaaa

19 Dec 2016

My sister and I went to Rome for a weekend away seeing as 
1) It’s in Europe  
2) Christmas treat 
3) and because why not?

After landing at Fiumicino airport safely, we took the Leonardo express train to the city centre (fast + reliable service + cheap). We checked into our hotel and finally ventured out to see what this city  had to offer! (cringe)

Day 1, we firstly visited the Colosseum, as it was the closest landmark to our hotel. We visited during off peak times, so therefore was surprised to see the short queue, despite the many blogs I had read before claiming the queues are really long. My tip for saving money would be to just wait it out as the queues really aren’t that bad + you save so much money with student cards when you pay at the desk! We spent a lot of time walking around, and finding beautiful streets and little shops. Beware, traders on the street will ambush you trying to sell you selfie sticks and kids toys (not fun and definitely annoying af!). 

Day 2, was dedicated to the Vatican City. We were SO excited about coming here as it was both on our bucket lists for over a year. We took the metro (which was covered in graffiti. graffiti = cool) and was easy to navigate and took about 25 mins. We were again ambushed by multiple tour guides about certain packages and deals they had. As we don’t like tour guides and prefer to do our own thing at our own pace we literally waiting around 30 mins in the queue. The scenery inside was incredible and words simply couldn’t describe how beautiful the paintings were displayed. 

A place I do strongly recommend: Giolotti aka THE best ice cream shop in Rome. €3 for 3 scoops, ice cream was FRESHHHHH it glided off the spatula so easily and you had a choice of cream on top! uh it was amazing 
okay now for the pictures :))))



-Ambra

Paris

17 Dec 2016

As I went to Rome you were probably expecting a rOME post but I lost my USB so I can’t post the pictures, but until then you can enjoy these lovely pictures that my sister took in Paris. (sorryyyy)







-Ambra

outfit not found

16 Dec 2016

Super old post when my hair was longish, but I never posted it because I really don’t like the pictures (but you can blame Dalal for that) . But blogmas is starting to get hard and I have zero scheduled posts + school and well I have no social life to start of with so yay 

This sweater has saved me so many times in the morning when I have no time to pick out an outfit, it is super cozy and cute and oversized (kind of), the jeans are a bit meh. I have a love/hate relationship with them, sometimes I like the fit, other times...

Sweater | Zara
Jeans | Zara
Shoes | Adidas
wow my outfits are so so so unique (sorry my outfits are getting boring because everything is from Zara teehee)

Alex Webb

15 Dec 2016

I was on tumblr and stumbled across a photographer called Alex Webb, now I can go
on and on
about why his work is so amazing 
but please just scroll for yourself

pls tell me u like his work
Ambra :) 

Music favourites

14 Dec 2016

I have come to the realisation that no one seems to like music favourites but I really like them  so really just read another blog post about a lush haul or overly fake routine where people claim they drink hot chocolate by the fire place, light candles and go for a jog if ya don’t like this :) no indirects ;)  

Now during December I haven’t really had a phone (broke my phone, had a replacement phone and lost it :))))))))))) so I can’t listen to music so this post is a bit limited. 
ya thought wrong 
I still have my laptop so that clearly didn't stop me 

if you have been following my blog for some time you will know that I l o v e The Weeknd honestly I’ve been a fan foreverrrrr so obviously I love his album (but but but his earlier albums are the 💣)
hmmm favourite songs have got to be ‘star girl interlude, true colours and attention’ 

Next is ‘sexual’ by neiked, never heard of him/she/them but hey this song is gr8888888 

do u recommend any songs/albums?
ambz

MUST WATCH TV SHOWS

13 Dec 2016

pls don't judge basically everyone I meet tell me I have the worse taste in movies/tv shows. But honestly I feel like I have the best taste if I don’t say so myself ;) So the Christmas break is soon meaning you get to binge on Tv shows :)

 Below is a small list of Tv shows that I have definitely watched more than a season of (or nearly a season) and the current situation I’m in with that tv show. 

- waiting = fully updated loved it and waiting for new season / episode. drop everything to watch the show. THE BEST TV SHOWS 
- mid season then forgot about it, as u do = self explanatory, got me through mid season then bored me and I forgot to finish it. 
-watch when I’m bored = self explanatory, semi good semi boring. just want to find out what happens tbh 


- Game Of Thrones - (waiting) 
- Suits (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
- Vampire Diaries - (waiting) 
Pretty Little Liars - (waiting) 
Mr Robot (watch when I’m bored)
Arrow (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Flash - (waiting) 
Once Upon A Time (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
The 100 (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
How To Get Away With Murder (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Teen Wolf - (waiting) 
Glitch (watch when I’m bored)
Awkward (finished completely, I think :() 
Blak Mirror (watch when I’m bored)
The Originals (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Hannibal (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Limitless (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Stranger Things - (waiting)  
Revenge (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Jane The Virgin - (waiting) season 3 is shit
Orphan Black (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Misfits (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Under The Dome (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Super Girl(mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
The Carrie Diaries (finished completely :()
Reign (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Jessica Jones (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Faking It (finished completely, I think :()
Sense 8 (finished completely, I think:()
Switch At Birth (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
Heroes Reborn (mid season then forgot about it, as u do)
The Missing (currently watching)

okay I know it seems a lot but I wish I had a list like this when I was trying to figure out what TV shows to watch ;) also, I speed up every episode so I can get through them quicker #lifehack
Ambra 

Gift guide

12 Dec 2016

I’m really bad at presents so you should actually thank me for coming up with these, I might have to start taking my own advice ;) I just realised this gift guide post seems more directed towards females however you can always customise it. And it isn’t like this is the only blog post on gift guides (seems like it is on every bloggers post for blogmas ;))


Hella broke < £10 
Candles (so basic but you got to do what you have to do)
- Polaroid film (obviously if this one person has a polaroid otherwise that would be a bit weird to get them film without an actual polaroid )
- Collection of Carmex (if anyone got me this I would die!)
- Set of Earrings (Claire’s do sterling silver earrings for under £10)
- Piercing (with the permission of their parents, you can book for them to get a piercing like double lobe for under £10!)
- Bath bombs (you can’t go wrong with bath bombs, you get get around 2 from Lush for under £10)
- Collection of Cholcates (I mean I wouldn't mind having 10 bars of chocolate ;))
- Album (apparently you can gift albums on iTunes so 🤑🤑)
- Pay for their Netflix/what they watch movies on 
- Phone Case 

Oo look at me I’m rich < £30
- Gift card! ! ! 🤑
- Fairy Lights <3 <3 
- Polaroid (if you dig hard enough on Amazon I’m sure you’ll find a polaroid for £30 or a bit more)
- Calvin Klein bra/boxer (or the set if you’re feeling fancayyy)
- Dinner date (The Diner!!!) 
- Ice Skating (come on who doesn't love falling on their head 20 times?)
- 3 books for £30 

No Limit 
- Facial (I would actually dieeeeeeee if someone booked a facial for me ;) hint hint anyone?)
- A trip somewhere 
- Trainers (or any item that they really want)
- A Kindle! 


Hope ya enjoy have a great and safe Christmas or day in general 
Ambraaaa

current fav makeup brushes + how to clean brushes 2.0

10 Dec 2016

Christmas is round the corner and maybe it is just me but I like to experiment with makeup looks for Christmas so 1) my makeup brushes get dirty and well that’s it really :) So ya I have my current favourite makeup brushes and how to clean them s o o o

Powder Foundation Brush, Eve Lom - 
Now I know this makeup brush is specifically for powder foundation but like I just use it to blend my concealer especially on my forehead (to cover up the streSS spots) and well it gets the job done so 

I have this semi angled blush/bronzer brush which is generally good. Slight problem I can’t seem to figure out what number brush it is so so so I just linked the page for face brushes from Mac :) idk it just seems to blend bronzer really well 

I use this brush for my cream highlight and it is amazing. Especially whilst using the Benefit Watts Up Highlighter, the actual brush on the highlighter does not work well. at all :) so this is very good 

Tooth Brush, anywhere duh
clean one obviously. It is just to shape and ‘fix’ your eyebrows, honestly I don't even know what to say :) 

as you all know I do not like eyeliner. absolutely hate it. s o o I don’t use this for eyeliner. so bc the brush is so small (HINT THE NAME DUH UH) it works as a great smudge brush for your lower lash line without the ‘smudge’ going crazy and out of hand. 

How to wash ya makeup brushes 
okay I tricked you with the 2.0. if u have been reading my blog for a long time I done a post about washing my makeup brushes and I am literally repeating this post with the exact same products. sorry nat sorry :) Even Coconut oil does the trick 🔥

 - oil + washing up liquid  
the ratio would be like 1:3
okaY I’m shit at maths but like basically 
just use more washing up liquid 
(to remove the actual makeup)
then a bit of the oil just so 
you ‘hydrate’ the brush. 
If you put too much oil
then the makeup brush will get too oily 
and idk y a a a a a 
taaadaaa


-Ambraa 

fresh creps

9 Dec 2016

Long story short I am a size 51/2 to a 6, depending on the brand. JD sport do junior sizes which runs up to a 51/2 (do you see where the story is going?) So like I kinda be trampy and get the junior sizes even though most of the time they are a bittttttt small :) but hey.

oKayy 😉

I got the New Balance 373s for (drum rolllll) £35!!! 👅👅

They’re super comfy and all BUT the laces are basically always untying themselves which can get just a tad bit annoying 😕

Do you recommend any trainers?
Ambra 🍑

Favourite moisturisers

8 Dec 2016

I was about to write that my skin gets dry in the winter time, but my skin is a l w a y s dry so :) 

Favourite Winter Moisturisers: 
Hydraskin Essential, Darphin Paris , I mean this is one of my favourite moisturisers ever! Now I don’t want to say it is sticky, because it really isn’t it but like just a bit (in a good way)?! It acts like a base for your makeup (?!) When I used to apply bronzer without moisturiser, it wouldn't really ‘stick’ to anything, but this moisturiser is da bomb. Now I actually understand the important of a base.

Vitamin C Skin Reviver, The Body Shop, you know them products that you tried once and hated it? THIS IS LIKE THAT. I randomly just applied it on top of my moisturiser and boi was I surprised. I honestly don’t thing it does any thing significant to my face but it just adds moisture and a slight glow. PLUs it makes your skin super soft 

- Illuminating Moisture Balm, Bobbi Brown, okay I can never stop loving/raving about Bobbi Brown, I got this tester for a moisturiser and it is so so so so good. I like to just focus it underneath my eyes to hydrate them
-Ambraaaaa 🌹


coconut oil p1

7 Dec 2016

coconut oil + hot cloth 
this combination will save ur life (not literally)

If you don’t already know,  I hate makeup wipes. with a passion. The price is a shambles and they are too rough on my skin. 
                     anyyyyyyyway 
For 2 months or so I have been removing my makeup with coconut oil + a hot cloth. So once you melt the coconut oil with the heat from your fingers and start to massage it into your skin, it will essentially cause your makeup to dissolve and voila remove your makeup. I mean it also apparently opens your pores and stuff but honestly I don't know what that actually means but I heard it’s a good thing so coooool  ;)
                     And it leaves your skin super moisturised
                     dry skin + coconut oil + hot cloth = life 

coconut oil + dry anything (lips, body)
self explanatory  

highlighter 
Alright weird one but instead of highlighter, you can actually use like the tiniesttttttttt bit of coconut oil on your cheekbones. idk it seems to have worked for me  

 just go buy coconut oil pls I can’t rave about it more 
-Ambra


Favourite Autumn lipsticks

6 Dec 2016

During December I’ll be doing posts that relate to Winter/Christmas/December in general. Seeing as winter is all about dark lips, dark clothes, dark everythang I might as well start of withhh
lipsss 

This lip stain is great as it is a dark cherry/berry colour stain that is perfect for for winter, even when you keep your face minimal you can literally apply a dark lip and instantly look ready for winter. I like to apply this in sheer layers especially in the inner part of my lips so that it isn’t harsh and opaque. tbh I like my lip stain quite patchy
Mac Matte Lipstick, SIN
The absolute favourite dark lip among youtubers/bloggers or at least I think so. There is really nothing to say as this is just a cherry/berry/dark lip.

Body Shop Colour Crush, 101 Red Siren
You can’t go wrong with a red lip for Christmas, so a really good dupe for Russian Red from Mac is honestly any Maybelinne red as both are signature reds. However I have the Body Shop Colour Crush in 101 Red Siren. It is really nice especially if you have fuller lips.

[boi the picture was looking a bit rank so I deleted it tho, but just imagine a lipstick that is red? (well obvs)]


-Ambz 

how much unnece$$ary $hit do I have?

5 Dec 2016

December = Christmas = Presents
Whilst I was really bored and procrasting I was cleaning my sister and I’s makeup place/corner/areaa??! AND just really wanted to know how much everything was. So it isn’t the ‘how much does my face cost’ but more like ‘how much unnecessary shit do we have?’ 
countdown 3... 2... 1... 

scruffy OOTD

4 Dec 2016

ooo look at me with a outfit post which I haven’t done one since September (boi), okay okay okay. 

Basically the glasses fool you, ngl I actually went Specsavers and begged asked for glasses. so. I. can. look. smart. And well even though they are practically clear and have the smallest prescription, they hurt so I tend not to wear them. In my defence, I did kinda need them because I get soo many headaches and I thought that getting glasses would help. They didn’t (faillllll). Anyway I basically wear this type of outfit everyday and just alternate between shoes (well I only have like 3 pair sooo) I either wear my New Balances, Nike Air Forces or my Vans old skool but my mum washed the laces for them and I cba to put the laces back in :)))))) This is actually Dalal's dads jacket #EXPOSED but I just wore it for the pictures...


Jacket \ Dalal's dad :)
Top \ Uniqlo
Jeans \ Zara (obvs)
Trainers \ initial trainers not in picture Nike Air Force 1’s | In the picture Vans Old Skool