E.L.F. Cosmetics

November 29
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Some of the items mentioned in this post were provided free of charge for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions are my own. Links are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from all clicks. This does not affect your price. 

 

Have you tried E.L.F. cosmetics?  If you’ve been in target you may have seen them on a back wall in  the beauty section or more recently at CVS. For a long time I lumped them in with other budget cosmetics brands; something too cheaply made for anyone over the age of 13 to use. Then, about three years ago a friend turned me onto their eyebrow wax and I was hooked.  At this point I have tried a number of their cosmetics and have been impressed with the quality of the items for the price.  Yes, they are not high end products, but they really do get the job done for what you’re paying.  Today I am going to share a few of my favorites that I feel work almost as good as, or as good as their expensive counterparts


Lip Exfoliator: This is great for winter or lovers of long wear lip products.  It has a great texture and leaves my lips super soft.  Use it once a week for best results. This product is only $3.  CRAZY

Primer: Some people love primer and others could care less. I am one of those that love it and can’t live without it. If you’ve never used a primer this is a great one to to try out. It really makes my foundation application smooth and “flawless.”  I had been using Smashbox, but with the E.L.F. product for only $6 why not?

Setting Spray: I have a problem with my foundation lasting the entire day so I use a setting spray to extend my wear. I use this spray to set my makeup to give me a full day.

Eyebrow wax: If you haven’t tried eyebrow wax yet, you need to do it.  The best budget pick is this $3 e.l.f. palette. It is not as intense as   but for most users it is just fine a a fraction of the price.

 

I hope you check out these suggestions, I really do believe that e.l.f. puts out quality products for the price. You may have never heard of them as they don’t spend a ton on advertising or celebrity spokespersons but they do make every penny count.

 

Have you tried e.l.f.?  What is your favorite product? Share below or tag me on insta and twitter.  I’m @_amberdowns

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Black Friday deals

November 25
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I wanted to jump on the blog this morning and share a few cute things I found on sale online. Each year I do more and more of my shopping online and I am always looking for new stores or sites to shop.  Here are a few adorable options for yourself or a loved one.

 

 

This Kate Spade “Go Bananas” bag is perfect and a great deal.
I love this Epicurious 11 piece copper colored cookware set.  Its the kind of thing I’d want to keep out and display my kitchen.  Perfect for a friend in a new home or family member who needs a replacement set.
I am LOVING this trench coat from Banana Republic. It is over 50% off!

These Star Wars flannel sheets come in Twin and Full and two prints.
This Faux mohair throw from Pottery Barn is half off.
I love this little tent for toddlers and kids. It is the perfect place for imagination as well as somewhere to hide the toys when guests come over.
This razor comes with a bluetooth speaker. Perfect for the bathroom!
These Kate Spade mixing bowls are too hip to skip.
I feel like every home needs one cast iron skillet. Grab this one for a friend.
Anyways, these are just a few of my favorites that I am seeing today.  Keep an eye out for other great gifts. Next week I will be sharing guy gifts. They are always the worst to buy for in my world.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!

AmberDowns.net gift guide: Gifts for the Happy Planner lover

November 22
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Do you have a loved one who is Happy Planner obsessed? Chances are, if you’re here you do.  Today I am sharing a list of items that your planner girl might enjoy.  I know I’d love to receive any of these. *hint hint* to the hubs if you’re reading this. 😛 

Now, on to the gifts! I have shared items that are available  on Amazon to expedite the process as most of us already have an Amazon account.

 


Punch– If she is new to the Happy Planner system she might not yet have a punch. These are AWESOME and great for adding extra pages to her planner. It is my #1 accessory.

 

Is her planner getting tight on those rings? grab these expander rings.

Does she love embellishments and stickers? This two pack sticker set will last her a long time.

Do you think she might want to cut her own stickers? Consider a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This machine is perfect for making stickers, vinyl decals, cards, and about 1,00 other uses. ( I use mine all the time.)

 


This Home Planner expansion pack is full of goodies.

Does she have fitness goals for the new year? If so get her a Fitness planner expansion pack to make those goals a reality. Or go big time and get her a complete fitness planner.

 

Lastly, ever great planner girl needs washi tape! Grab some here!

 

I hope these gift suggestions give you a place to start. Have a question? Contact me on Facebook or leave a comment below.

Don’t forget to remind her to stop by Amberdowns.net to grab free printables and planner ideas!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!

Happy Planner Gift Printable 

November 17
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Hey everyone, I wanted to jump in and remind you that I have a free printable planner insert for planning out gifts. I made it last year, but it still works great.   I loved using this to keep track of who I have purchased for and who I still need to get a gift for. Also, I alway think of great gift ideas and then forget them.  With this insert I just write it down and then it’s done.

 

Click the link below to access the file and then print at 100%. Cut along the lines to size it down for your planner. (FYI the lines are set to be a little bigger than a regular page, feel free to cut down a little smaller depending on how your printer prints the page.

PDF Gift Planner Insert

Enjoy!

 

Need a punch? I have this one and love it!
The new Happy Planners are out! Grab one here!.
Looking for sticker paper? I buy this one from Amazon.
I cut my stickers with a Silhouette Cameo electric cutting machine.
On a budget? Try the Gyro-cut to cut your stickers.
Looking for more? Check out my archive of free printables.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!

 

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What I read: October 2016

November 8
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I know I am late getting this post out but I still wanted to share my reads from October. I had a fun mix of fiction and non-fiction and even a young adult title in there.  Share what you read in the comments below or friend me on Goodreads to we can keep up with great books.

Grace Not Perfection, by Emily Ley

I had been anticipating this book for MONTHS before its release. I have been a big Emily Ley fan for some time and loved the idea of hearing about how she manages her life. I did a full review of this title here.

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I received an ARC (early readers copy) of this title at the American Library Association conference back in June and finally got around to reading it in October. When it comes to young adult books, there are many I love and many I pass on. In her second book, Yoon is working hard to perfect her skill in really getting teens. One of the reasons I do love YA novels is the way everything is so important to the characters. This resonates so much with my own adolescent experience. This leads to a great emotional read that really connects with the reader. Check it out!


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanith

I have been hearing about this title for some time now and I finally go around to reading it. This is a short book about the author and his life. Diagnosed with a terminal illness In the last year of his MD Paul decides to write about his experience. This book really will give you a new look at life.

 


The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

This is another new book that takes place both in present day and pre-wWWII Germany and Cuba. If you enjoy this social history of this time you will enjoy this story.


My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

This is another novel by the author of “A Man Named Ove.” This is an interesting story from the perspective of the granddaughter of a recently deceased woman.  The daughter learns about her mother, grandmother, and neighbors through the adventures that the death of her grandmother led to.

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!

AmberDowns.net gift guide- Gifts for the girl boss

November 4
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Check out this list of great gift ideas for the girl boss in your life. If she loves her planner, Kate Spade and coffee, these are the gifts for her.

I know it is early, but it really is time to start thinking about holiday gifts. I like to have everything done by early December that way I can sit back, sip some cocoa, and enjoy the holiday season without stressing about gifts. Below are some of my favorites this year for the Girl Boss in your life.  These are perfect for the young professional who loves her job, fashion, and a great cup of coffee.

Enjoy!

 

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I love this mug from Ashley Brooke Designs. Perfect for early mornings in the office.

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This bag is perfect for carrying everything to and from work while still looking awesome.

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These Lilly Pulitzer pens are sure to brighten the room.

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I love these desk accessories, so cute!

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They Day Designer is the perfect planner for the busy #girlboss.

 

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These folders are perfect for any lady with a fancy office.

And of course, we would be remiss to not mention this great book in our list.

 

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!