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Hi guys! My name is Amber Fillerup Clark, I am 25 years old and I am married to my best friend, David, where we currently live in New York City with our one year old Atticus and Golden Retriever and soon to be baby girl (due November!)
I have always loved all things hair, beauty, fashion, and fitness so that is what this blog is all about! I share with you guys my personal style, hair tutorials for fun styles I come up with, beauty tips, and occasional fitness tips as well! Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for reading!!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you wear extensions?
Oh heavens, yes! I wish this was all real :)
How tall are you?
I am 5’10”
What colors do you use in your hair?
I ALWAYS break my base with a 7N and then use bleach with 30 volume developer for the highlights! For every two highlights I pull one lowlight through with the 7N! If that makes no sense to you, thats okay, just tell all of that to your hair dresser!
What foundation do you use?
I am addicted to Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation! It is so fabulous and lasts all day long and you hardly need any, it goes a long way! I use my beauty blender or Sephora #46 brush to blend it. You can shop all my make up product must haves – here
Do you use a tanning lotion?
Yes, I have tried a ton of them but Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes are my favorite!
All of these pictures are going to be some I love FOREVER because you can see so much of Mr. A’s personality!!! He gets more and more outgoing the older he gets and it is so much fun. We took a boat ride around Blue Lagoon and it was sooo pretty. All week Atticus was hating his life vest but suddenly when we were on the boat and he had no choice but to wear it he was all smiles and for some reason loved it all the sudden. Babies in life vests are one of the cuter things in the world!
Today is pi day and I guess they are doing a really cool celebration at Central Park tonight so I think we might go to that but mainly I feel like doing nothing today and being in pj’s and watching House of Cards!! We had such a busy day yesterday and it kind of wore me out so now I just want to be lazy and eat really naughty food.
If you want to know how I fake tan for vacations and wash my extensions after going in the ocean, head to my last blog post, here!
So it’s about that time. Swimsuit weather, bikini weather, spring break weather and a lot of people have asked me about how I take care of my skin and hair while at the beach or pool or just in the sun in general. First thing’s first, last summer, David and I committed ourselves to be better at protecting ourselves from the sun! It’s been such a hard habit to break because I grew up tanning outside and just basking in the sun every time I went to the pool or beach. So this means high SPF sun screens, sun hats, umbrellas and oversized sunglasses, even for short durations in the sun. But that doesn’t mean I want to look pale and lifeless at the beach. We have some plans to escape the New York cold so in preparation I started looking into a new self tanner and discovered my new favorite sunless tanner. I was inspired by my friend Cara from Maskcara.com who sold me on Tanwise because she always seems to be able to achieve the perfect tan! I ordered Tanwise from Sally Beauty Supply and was amazed with the results! I’ve found that if you follow these steps, it’s the easiest way to achieve that perfect tan.
1. Get Tanwise Sunless Tanning Lotion
2. Shave your legs, arms, etc.
3. Prepare a small bowl of sugar (I usually always keep a jar in the bathroom for exfoliation)
4. Exfoliate the areas you’ll be tanning to remove any dead skin to allow better application and absorption.
5. Put a generous amount in your hands
6. Apply on desired areas (Cara gave some great suggestions to use gloves, or to apply with a sponge paint brush. I prefer to use my hands, which will lead to orange hands. Eeeek. BUT, most dish soaps, not bathroom hand soaps, will do a good job of eliminating that.)
As you can see the before and after is like night and day! It really gives a nice natural, warm (not orange) glow. You may notice the after photo has some shadows and over all looks just a bit darker, but that’s just because by the time I finished the sun had set a bit and we had different lighting, but you get a good idea of the shade of tan. I’ve used so many other sunless tanners but have fully converted!
Now that the tan is taken care of, it’s all about skin and hair protection. Most of us know how damaging chlorine can be on hair (especially blonde) but I’ve had a lot of people ask about extension hair care. I discovered Cinderella Hair extension shampoo and conditioner. I use it on my extensions like you would with any other shampoo or conditioner on your hair, only off the head straight in the sink to avoid tugging at the clips and damaging your hair. You simply:
1. Wet the hair
2. Put a generous amount of shampoo in your hands to form lather
3. Work the hair from bottom up.
4. Rinse hair thoroughly
5. Apply conditioner to hair
6. Fully coat and massage into hair
7. Rinse thoroughly.
Voila! I normally recommend not swimming with extensions, but sometimes it’s hard to avoid. So when that happens, it’s great to have this on hand to restore the shine and keep your extensions looking brand new! Hope these tips helped. Have fun (but be safe) in the sun!
Yesterday was SUCH a beautiful day! I wouldn’t call it t-shirt weather, and David’s siblings were in town visiting from California, and to them it was still freezing, but we were in heaven! I had the window open all day, we walked in the park, let Atticus actually play in the park (he had his cheesy grin on his face the entire time ), and just had a great warm day. I have also been dying to wear all my jeans with holes in them (distressed jeans lover) without getting numb knees and today I got to wear them!!! I got a few new pairs of Rag & Bones from Nordstrom.. I always know Rag & Bone will fit me perfectly and have a good inseam so I stick to them. And Nordstrom of course always has the cutest jean selection.