New Year, New Host, New Theme…

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Thanks in part to the encouragement of Jaa of HelloJaa.com, I’ve finally taken the plunge and moved amandarobots.com to self-hosting using WordPress.org!

So what does that mean? For starters, if you’re seeing this message, it means you’re still visiting my old site through amandarobots.wordpress.com. If you head straight over to amandarobots.com, you’ll be able to stay up to date even after I stop updating this site.

All my old posts are already on my new site, so you won’t lose access to any of that. You can also expect a few aesthetic changes, as I’ve changed my colour scheme, logo, and theme over there to be a smidge cleaner and simpler.

Thank you for sticking with me through any site downtime during the move, and I can’t wait to see you over there!

Amanda

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My Helix Piercing Experience

Helix Piercing

Almost two weeks ago now, I paid someone to stab me with a sharp object, so I thought I’d write about my experience. Read more!

The Importance of Going Barefaced

No makeup. No retouching. Nada.

This might be a bit of an odd post. It doesn’t feature any products or techniques, and in fact discusses a bit of a polarizing topic: going barefaced.

Remember on Facebook a few months ago when the whole No Makeup Selfie thing was circulating? Donation controversy aside, it was then that I realized how many of my friends really do wear makeup on a daily basis. Some of these friends would wear foundation and concealer so brilliantly sneakily that I didn’t notice they even had it on. Read more!

The Final Rite of Passage into Adulthood

Business Cards

I’ve always wanted business cards. They seem so professional and grown-up.

The fact that I revere them as professional and grown-up probably means I’m inherently not ready for them, but no matter because I have them!

I chose a glossy finish to really make the purple pop. I wanted to keep them simple but not boring, fun but not childish…particularly because I now have 100 of them.

In case you’re curious, I ordered them from Vistaprint. They shipped quickly, were inexpensive, and often have discount codes if you poke around the web.

Top Four Posts in Four Months of Blogging

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Sometimes I marvel at the fact that people actually read the stuff I write, look at the photos I take, and return to see what I have to say the next day.

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to be successful largely because I tried to start a beauty blog in the past and didn’t stick with it. But lo and behold, I write things, I enjoy writing the things, and you lovely folks seem to enjoy reading the things I write, which is super cool.

These are my four most popular posts, according to WordPress.

1. Review: Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray – Setting spray is important, particularly for nights out and in the summer months. I like DeSlick because I tend to get an oily T-zone situation. This post was featured on Temptalia’s Sunday Link Love. I nearly died when I found out because Christine is one of the most disciplined, thorough, and all-around best beauty bloggers out there.

2. Review: Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer (Eye Cream) – I got this product before it was available at Sephora or on the Origins website because I have an Origins counter near me that tends to get new products early. (For the curious, I still love the stuff.)

3. Review: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – I reviewed this cult product in one of my very first posts, and I was not impressed. It was $30 and did nothing at all for me, so I ended up returning it. I think the cult status and hefty price tag had me expecting miracles. I’ve since become wary of lip balms, particularly pricey ones.

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Thoughts & a Naked Comparison! – When the Naked 3 Palette came out, I went to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. Then, like any normal person, I blogged about it. I still use it frequently, and switch it out with my Naked 1 often. I believe I mention in the post that 1 and 3 are my favourites – and they still are.

If you haven’t read these posts, they might be a fun read; other people seem to like them!

How I Wash “the Delicates”

Soak Laundry Detergent

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one. It isn’t about hair or makeup or nails, but laundry detergent.

You all probably know by now, though, that I wouldn’t bore you with details about a run-of-the-mill laundry detergent.

Soak is actually a hand-washing detergent made to care for your delicates. However, it can be used to wash almost anything. The best part about it is that you don’t have to rinse. Read more!

The Greatest GWP I Have Ever Seen

Samplesssss

I rarely take advantage of GWPs. Rarely. I’d much rather you give me 20% (or more) off a product and we leave it at that.

But sometimes, sometimes, they’re worth it. Read more!

I’ve been featured in The Wall Street Journal!

I have some pretty exciting news over here on my end.

Last week, I was contacted by Elizabeth Holmes, a Fashion and Style Reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She was writing an article about beauty junkies cocktailing products, and she found me through my blog.

Thanks to all of you reading the content I put out, I was given an amazing opportunity and had so much fun during my interview!

If you’d like to read it, you can do so here.

Thank you all for reading – this wouldn’t be possible without you!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

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In the spirit of confession, I will admit: I read Cosmopolitan magazine.

Religiously.

I started out reading it sarcastically and mentally making fun of the things – kinda like I started watching Sex and the City. But, like with SatC, somewhere along the line, I started to genuinely enjoy it, despite the blatant sexism and patriarchal nature of the magazine.

The celebrity quiz is always a fun part. Two Thirds Hazel made up the blogger equivalent: the Blogmopolitan quiz! I found it through The Vixen Bombshell – both their answers are really fun, so you should go read those when you’re all done here.

Anyhow, on with the quiz!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

On the Aerie Real Campaign

Screenshot from Aerie's website. A screenshot from Aerie’s website for the Real campaign.

Aerie is American Eagle’s little sister lingerie company, and it’s a store that I actually quite like. The prices are a bit high, but when you catch them on sale, you can get some cute stuff. Their main products are bras and underwear, like many lingerie companies. They don’t make my size of bras, but they sell amazing undies at really reasonable prices, and I probably bought 30 pairs of them over the summer.

This week, Aerie announced that they will no longer be using supermodels in their ads, and they will no longer be retouching the models they do use. They’ve branded this the Aerie Real campaign.

I think this is a small step in the right direction. In an industry that is attempts to make consumers feel insecure in order to create a market for their product (the “you’re inadequate, but if you buy our pushup bra you won’t be” effect), it’s neat to see more positive marketing.

However, I don’t think that this whole campaign is positive, nor do I think that Aerie deserves the massive kudos that they’re being slathered with.
Read more!