Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We wear it well!

Often times, the image that we see of ourselves can be negatively affected by society and the public's ridicule of our size.  Unfortunately, many beautiful women are damaged by such humiliation and spend countless amounts of money trying to conform their body to meet the standards of the public for hopes of being "accepted."  It's an epidemic.

The ladies you see in this post, are women who have accepted who they are regardless of their size and embraced their curves with pride.  They represent our community with class, elegance and a true meaning of SELF CONFIDENCE.  It takes a lot of balls to do what they do, and I have the utmost respect for them.

As an admirer, and a confident woman myself, it is my life mission to help others feel good about themselves and find a way to unite us as beautiful women.  Luckily for me, I've been blessed to meet Chrystal, owner and operator of Curvy Girl Lingerie, the first and only plus sized lingerie store in the world!

What is unique about this place?  It's an actual LOCATION!  Most plus sized boutiques are inside of other stores or locations but not usually a free standing business such as Curvy Girl Lingerie.  Unique in itself, the experience is also one of which draws attention and deserves mention.  The owner is readily available to consult with face to face during your shopping experience.  

Whether shopping for something specific to spice up your home life or simply looking to change up your style, this is the place for you if you are in the San Jose, California area.  

They are having a Fashion Show June 8, 2014.  Make sure to go check it out!  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Make Up Reviews - E.L.F., Mac, NYX and Mary Kay

Let's begin with the best products, being the E.L.F. line.  

We will start with the ELF mineral foundation primer.  Being one of the least expensive primers I've found, it's definitely at the top of my favorites.  It feels very light on your skin, and with 2 pumps you get full face coverage, leaving a long lasting bottle and several months of usage.  I really love this product and the more ELF products I purchase, the more I am impressed with their make up line.  This is a MUST have!  

Next is the flawless eyeshadow pallet in "Beautiful Browns"  I love the colors, and even more so I love the way these colors appear on your eye lid and blend well.  I have been using Physicians Formula Baked Collection Wet/Dry Eye Shadow, Baked Sands 3692 for years but had a hard time finding it in retail stores for the last few months.  My daughter gave this to me so I decided to give it a try and fell in love!  The colors are similar, although I love the bronze from the ELF pallet more.  The trick I've been using is putting the mineral foundation primer on my eyelid and concealer over my bottom lid.  It really makes this pop! 

I also use the ELF Little Black Book with a variety of my favorite eye shadow colors in a travel friendly package that makes taking this anywhere I go so convenient.  I found this at a PA department store and have enjoyed the selection of colors as well as the quality of the shadow.  Often times you get these large color variety pallets only to find that the colors don't stay on long or the bright colors aren't really that bright.  Truly disappointing and a waste of money.  This is WELL worth EVERY penny!

The last of the ELF products but certainly not the least is the ELF Black Liquid Liner.  I don't know if I am just picky or if perhaps there are a lot of cheap brands out there with watered down versions of liquid liner but this is my new favorite.  I previously used the Almay version and when I ran out, and couldn't find it at the few stores I looked, I ended up getting an LA Colors version to hold me over.  GARBAGE.  Hated it.  

Once again, my daughter gave me this ELF version that impressed me beyond my expectation.  The brush is perfect allowing an easy glide across your eye lid.  The liquid doesn't bleed, and is long lasting.  With one swift brush, you can have the look you are seeking.  


Next is the NYX products starting with the eye pencil in "Milk" which serves for several purposes.  As seen here, I used it as a primer for my eyeshadow to give my Urban Decay colors more of a pop.  I also used it in my bottom inner eye lid to draw a bigger eye effect.  

The NYX lip color Deep Red 511 is great.  It's real hard finding the color red I seek for my classy pin up looks but this color definitely gave me the closest to what I am looking for.  

My Mac NC-25 Studio Tech Foundation is amazing!  I'd tried a few other brands hoping to find a cheaper solution to long lasting good coverage foundation but never could find one. I top it with Mary Kay Mineral Foundation powder to set my make up and LOVE the final look.  

To purchase the Mary Kay products mentioned in this post visit

How to clean your make up packaging

Anyone that has make up bags or drawers, knows that one spill, broken top or mascara leak can get all over your make up inside.  It's really messy when you grab something and end up with make up all over your hands.  I have found a way to remove that mess from your packaging and clean it all up.

It's a little costly, as these wipes are expensive but my preference is the Neutrogena make up wipes.  You can get the generic brand from Wal-Mart which work just as well.  You simply take the wipes, and wipe off each piece of make up one at a time. 

Too sexy for myself!

XL Bikini from Target

I was dared to buy this bathing suit on clearance being an XL and then dared to wear it on a public beach.  One thing you will learn about me, NEVER dare me to do anything!  Not only did I wear it... I let my tummy hang out and did an impromptu photo shoot!  

It's not easy having the confidence to step out into a world of judgement knowing that all eyes are on you, making insulting comments and disgusted at your ability to be comfortable in your own skin.  It takes tough skin to say "Forget you people I AM HAPPY with myself!!"  

Nonetheless, I do this for the people out there who look to me for inspiration and the motivation to love their own bodies.  It is quite an honor to have women from all over the world email me with comments expressing how much I've helped change some girls lives by simply being myself and having the courage to show my body.

I hope that one day, EVERYONE can have confidence to love their bodies, and themselves!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bathing Suit Beauty

These are a little more revealing than usual, however they show just how confident you can be in a bathing suit.  For many, big and small alike, wearing a bathing suit is a huge ordeal.  For some, they will never know what it's like as they refuse to try one on, purchase a bathing suit or ever take the chance at wearing one in public.  

I found this blog post < > where many points are brought up and enlighten the reasons behind such anxiety.  I remember a day when wearing a bathing suit, was a stressful feeling and I spent the ENTIRE time worried about what people were thinking, saying and ultimately what it looked like to those who saw.  What should've been fun times as a child, were spent as a prisoner of my lack of confidence and clear body shame that I had experienced before.

When I was younger, the word FAT was probably one of the most hurtful words I remembered hearing.  The word caused me years of agony, and torture within myself.  This word made looking at myself in the mirror a tragedy and developed an internal self abuse that I would fight for many years to come.

Those days are gone.  About 10 years ago, I finally saw the light and realized this is the body I was blessed to have.  It was time I learn to accept it and ultimately LOVE it.  What a relief it is to finally feel comfortable within my own skin and more so, wear a bathing suit with PRIDE!