What to Pack in a Travel Makeup Bag

My bridal shower this weekend was INCREDIBLE! Between the food, hugs from loved ones, games, the beautifully decorated space & bubbly I was one spoiled bride to be. I am so grateful for all the love and excitement for our big day! HUGE SHOUT OUT to my in-laws for hosting the most beautiful day, it meant the world to me.

The favor at the shower were these adorable travel makeup bags that I made a video all about – how to pack them, what to throw in there, and then I speed through a makeup look I created with those products. Enjoy!

Forgotten Makeup // Love Your Collection

How is this my first post of the year?! I said it before and I’ll say it again…the events of last year did a number on me. I am so sorry for being away for so long. Know that I recorded and discarded more than one video because grief is a funny thing. Anyways! I shot this probably a month ago but I really like it, even though the cheeks are aggressive.

I was inspired to do this mostly because of all the beautiful Makeup Geek I’ve forgotten about as all these new collections and items have come out that I’ve picked up, even though my MUG is so beautiful. It’s my ol’ reliable stuff! So fall back in love with your collection and enjoy me slapping this ish on my face.



  • MAC Fix+ Spray
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation – Light Neutral
  • Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage Concealer – Porcelain
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • Too Faced Born This Way Powder – Transluscent
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
  • Makeup Geek Contour Powder – Break Up (Cool Porcelain)
  • Makeup Geek Blush – Spellbound
  • Makeup Geek x KathleenLights Highlighter palette
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shadows – Purely Naked, Black Light (duochrome)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette – Cube, All Star
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
  • L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
  • Sephora Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil – Soft Charcoal
  • Essence Make Me Brow – Browny Brown
  • Makeup Geek Plush Matte – Beach Bunny

A Holiday Makeup Roundup!

Merry merry everyone! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, who doesn’t want to wear sparkles and red lips? I have gathered a few of my favorite holiday looks from the last couple years.

Kacey Musgraves rocked a sparkly lip & blew my mind. I break it down here!


If you want a laugh while also seeing how I do a more classic holiday glam, check out this video where my boyfriend does my voice over.


If you want something a little more vampy, peep this one, featuring Kathleen Lights’ Havana nights liquid lippie!


If you want to keep it super simple on the eyes with a little pop of something sparkly, head over to this oldie but goodie.


I hope you all have a happy holiday with the ones you love. Make sure to hug them all extra tight! You never know what could happen in life. Treasure them, tell them you love them and never take them for granted.

xx Amber

Chit Chat GRWM // Colourpop, ELF, Wet n Wild

Hey pals! It’s been a minute but behind the scenes I have been a busy little bee….entering my credit card at checkout online and buying too many things. In today’s video I am sharing a couple new collabs with you by YouTubers that have been tickling my fancy. Is that a creepy phrase? Could be. Anywho, hope you like this and get ready to hang with me for a few!

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The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation – Nude Ivory
MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
Too Faced Born This Way Powder – Ethereal Setting Powder
Anastasia Dip Brow – Medium Brown
Essence Make Me Brow – Browny brows
Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Dream St Palette
The Body Shop – Honey Bronzer
Essence Satin Touch Blush – Satin Love
ELF x Heart highlighter – Coffee n Cream
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Colourpop Ultra Satin lip – Rever
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Nails: KL Polish – Central Park

The Ordinary Foundation First Impression & Salem Vlog

Welcome to a weird two-in-one video! I wanted to test out the new Ordinary foundation on a day when we were adventuring to Salem so I made this combo vlog slash first impression video. Spoiler alert: Salem was INSANELY busy during October but it was a good thing to check off our collective bucket lists. The main reason we went was to see the It’s Alive! exhibit at the Peabody Essex museum, which is a small collection of items from Kirk Hammett’s much larger collection of horror/sci-fi pieces. The journey was long, parking was treacherous and it was packed but it was certainly an experience. As for the foundation? You’ll have to watch and find out!


  • The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
  • The Ordinary Serum Foundation – 1.2N
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage – 010 Porcelain
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
  • Essence Satin Touch Blush – Satin love
  • Dose of Colors Highlighter – Fuego
  • Becca Highlighter – Pearl
  • Tarte Tartellete In Bloom – Flowerchild, Sweetheart, Rebel
  • Dose of Colors Dexi x Katy “The Girls” Eye Shadow Palette – Noli
  • L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- Project Chimp

Full Face of Current Favorites Feat. Fenty Beauty, Wet n Wild and more!

Here’s all the ish I am currently enjoying, including my brand new lil bangies. This was filmed a couple of weeks ago so I have found MORE favorites but I will share them very soon in future videos!



  • MAC Strobe Cream
  • Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte  – Vanilla
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • bareminerals Bare skin concealer – Light
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Light
  • MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
  • RCMA No Color Powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Medium Brown
  • Tarte Bronzer – Park Avenue Princess
  • Clinique Cheek Pop – Fig Pop
  • Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter – Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal
  • Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette – S.B.N., Sissy, Buns
  • Tarte In Bloom Palette – Flowerchild, Smarty Pants
  • Wet n Wild Eyeliner – Wooden You Know
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise – Blackest Black
  • Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color – Embrace
  • NYX Lip Liner – Natural

I’m Back! Subculture Palette First Impression/Demo

As you all may or may not know, I have been off the YouTube grid for a few months now. If you want all the details, please read my previous blog post, but basically I lost my mom. Just getting up and functioning is difficult enough, never mind expending energy on things that I should love. It has been very difficult, to say the least, to move forward. I don’t want to give up on this blog or my channel, and I knew it was time to try to at least do something I love in an effort to push off some of the intense emotions I feel almost all the time. Hopefully you don’t know how this feels, but if you do, any words of encouragement are welcome and appreciated.

ANYWAYS – why you’re here. The Subculture palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills has taken the beauty community by storm and not in a good way. A brand that usually puts out consistent, quality products is under fire for this palette and I totally get why.

I had similar negative experiences to those I saw online – blending is difficult, colors oxidize and the fall out is cray. But at the end of the day, it’s just makeup. I think I may hang onto my palette for a little bit longer to see if I can make it work but if not, I’ll return it. Because ABH has a great return policy and it’s just makeup.

If you want to see how I created the look, which I actually love a LOT, as well as see how it all blended, peep the vid!

MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise – Blackest Black
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Medium Brown
First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation – 203 Nude Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 25 Medium
Tarte Shape Tape – Light
RCMA No Color Powder
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild – Lucky Clover
MAC Lipstick – Pure Heroine
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray



Why I Haven’t Been on YouTube

What started as a general lack of inspiration took a turn when on Saturday, April 29th, my mother suddenly passed away. My world has been turned upside down, my heart shattered, and I feel generally like I am living in a fog. I lived my actual nightmare, and haven’t quite found my footing yet. Especially in this context.

A little bit about my mom as she related to this whole blog/channel/YouTube thing…

I know how proud my mom was of my not-that-great but passionate collection of videos on YouTube. She would tell everyone, every time we went somewhere that her daughter was Amber Rae Beauty, and tell me how proud she was of me for it. Mom was constantly admiring whatever I had thrown on my face that day and started trying to do different techniques when we got together. She called me her Makeup geek, because she knew how much Marlena of MUG inspired me to care about makeup and ultimately share my love of beauty online.

While she was certainly flawed and complicated and never easy, the hole that has been left in my heart is irreparable. My mother was warm, bright, funny, an incredible listener, a woman who always had my back. The shock has been replaced by pure sadness, missing her, wishing I could hear her voice.

So, needless to say, it has been difficult to think about doing this. I also do not have time, as we have been very busy getting things in order after she left us without warning. Thank you for sticking around, if you have, and please know that my love for makeup has not faded. I just don’t have it in me right now and I thought it would be getting easier, but it hasn’t.

I am bouncing between abandoning all this and doing it harder than I ever have, I just need time to sort it out.


Random Color Makeup Challenge

If you don’t know who Mariah Leonard is, aka The Gals Guide, stop everything and go check out her channel! She created a challenge where she randomly selects eye shadows, blush, highlight and lip color to inspire creativity and force you to come up with something interesting. When my colors were first chosen I had no idea how I was going to make these shadows work but I did and I LOVED the outcome! I have a feeling this is the first of many times I randomly grab colors to create a makeup look. Life is too short to always wear the same five eye shadows 🙂

The collection of makeup to choose from!



  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – Mont Blanc
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Light
  • RCMA No Color Powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Medium Brown
  • Makeup Geek Single Shadows – Bitten, Mai Tai, Moondust, Pixie Dust, Purple Rain
  • Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara
  • Milani Blush – Luminoso
  • Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette
  • Colour Pop Cosmetics Lippie Stix – Aquarius

Get Ready With Me Before Work // Stila Magnificent Metals

When you’re so excited about a glittery new product that you HAVE to shoot a quick, genuine Get Ready With Me in the morning before work. I think I literally gasped out loud when I saw this Stila glittery goodness in Ulta, as I had been searching for it without success at every Sephora I went to. It was a mildly out of body experience swatching all that shiny, liquid metal on my hand. It was painstaking choosing the right shade but I think I nailed it with this gray, bronzey shade.



  • Benefit Porefessional Primer
  • Covergirl PhotoReady Foundation – 105
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Light
  • RCMA No Color Powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Medium Brown
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Dim Light
  • MAC Fix+ Spray
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shadows – Beaches & Cream, Latte, Stealth
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – Smoldering Satin
  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara – Very Black
  • Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer
  • Makeup Geek Duochrome highlighter – Lit
  • Colour Pop Lippie Stix – Aquarius
  • Redken Iron Shape 11
  • Kristis Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray