Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beauty/Fashion Bloggers Thoughts...


Well I am a few curvy girl fashion blog posts in and I just want to get this off my chest. Words cannot express how hard it has been for me to put myself out there on this blog. I can't count how many times I thought twice about hitting "Publish" because I don't want to come off as a conceited girl who loves getting her picture taken and posting it on the internet for everyone to see. I am not, and never was a person who wanted attention. I am not, and never was a girl with much confidence. I am very judgemental of myself and not doing this for attention or compliments, which is really what it may seem like to many people. The reality of the beauty & fashion blogging world is you are nothing without a camera. You put a great outfit together and tweet about it - people will want to see a picture. You tweet about some amazing eye makeup you just created - people will want to see a picture. I am not posting the picture to post a picture of myself, I am posting the picture of something I created because I want to share it with you - it just so happens that I am in the picture. I know I don't look like a model and I am not trying to be. I said this in my first blog - I am doing this to inspire people. Reading other people's beauty and fashion blogs have inspired me to be who I am today - its a very beautiful and positive world but haters will always find a way to burst your bubble. Don't be an internet troll - please. For some people putting themselves out there is hard enough and dealing with negativity makes it that much harder. When I first started doing makeup, I deleted my Facebook page twice before I stuck with the one I have now. I wasn't ready to put myself out there and I had a lot of work to do.

I mainly continue to do this because of the response I have gotten. Right from my first blog post, the feedback I have gotten has been tremendous. People I don't know, close friends, and Facebook/Twitter friends - you have been so wonderful and supportive. Thank you!! While I appreciate every single nice comment and compliment they are still hard for me to accept. But it makes me happy knowing I have introduced friends/readers to stores that make great clothes for bigger girls. And certain styles of clothes that are "big girl friendly". I feel great giving them confidence to dress better regardless of their size - that is reason enough to continue my blog. We live in a world where being small is suppose to be "the normal". But the reality is some people aren't meant to be stick skinny. I lost a lot of weight in 2003-2004 and I looked sick - I look at pictures from back then and I don't even recognize myself. Today, I am running with my co workers, being active, and eating healthy - I may tone up a bit but this is who I am. I have spent almost 10 years always wanting and trying to lose weight and I feel like a lot of people out there are trying to do the same. Life is short - be healthy but be happy with who you are too. I have never been so happy and positive and I highly recommend you start doing things in your life to feel this way too!

So this has gotten longer than I wanted it to be. I will end with saying if you are annoyed by my Facebook and twitter posts, just unfollow me. If you aren't interested in reading please don't waste your time clicking every blog post just to mock or make fun of me. It took a lot of work to get here and I want my readers/followers to enjoy coming here. I want it to be happy, positive, inspiring, and informative. If for one minute you think I am conceited - you don't know me at all. I have gained a lot of confidence in the last couple of years and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - its actually a beautiful thing. There's a big difference between being confident and being egotistical.


Thanks for reading...as always. I am going to gladly hit publish on this post now :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Curvy Girl Fashion - Slim Leopard Print Dress (We can wear leopard print too!!)

I didn't get a chance to photograph my Friday outfit last week so I am going to save it for a future blog post. Since my busy and exciting weekend didn't allow me to do anything fashion for a blog, I decided to use a photo from an outfit I wore in December for this week's Curvy Girl Fashion post! Its a slim leopard dress from Forever 21+. I've been looking for a leopard dress for a while (I am OBSESSED with leopard print! Who isn't?) and was nervous about ordering this online (we don't have a Forever 21 here). I wasn't sure how it would look or if I would even order the correct size. I went by their sizing chart and was my usual 1X so I gave it a shot. 

When it arrived I immediately tried it on and it fit like a glove! Now, lets be real - there was some lumps and bumps but I knew just the solution to that. I went over to my drawer and dug out my Spanx, put them on, and the problem was solved. If you are a curvy girl and don't own Spanx I demand you run out and get a pair NOW! The most important part is knowing what size to get...if you get them too small or too big they will not work for you so look at their sizing chart to help you figure it out! I have the high waisted ones that go right to the bust like this:


Photo from The Shopping Channel


So let's get to the dress! At first I just took mirror pic for instagram but decided to get my husband to take one of the whole outfit. For this night out, I just paired it with a pair of high black wedge booties (you will see in the next pic), and a bunch bracelets. I decided to keep accessories simple since the dress is so loud on its own. Not only is this slimming but I love how age appropriate it is. It has sleeves, it has a scoop neck but its high in the front and back, and its long. Its a very classy way of wearing leopard print without it being absolutely gaudy or inappropriate. Its a great piece for a girl in her 30's and its so comfortable. I am so glad I bought this dress!

And here's the outfit! I may actually get it taken up an inch or two so its just at the knee because I don't love where it hits on my legs. But that's not a huge deal!


See? Curvy girls can wear leopard print too...so don't be afraid to rock it!

Thanks for reading :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium

My friend recommended this product to me and I was intrigued but didn't run out to buy it because I've never tried BB creams before. I was at the drugstore one day and saw it on the shelf. I usually don't buy until I read reviews but I completely bought this on a whim based on how much my friend loved it. When I got home and read online reviews - I almost went back to the store to return it without even trying it. The reviews on Makeup Alley are terrible and from what I understood anyone with oily skin can completely forget about using this BB cream. My skin is mostly oily but gets somewhat dry in places especially in winter. My skin isn't a big issue - I have minimal scarring and spots, little redness, and an occasional break out here and there. Its very sensitive to new products so I was very iffy about trying something new.

Something told me to give this a shot anyway. I applied it from the tube with my finger dotting it all over my face with a flat top buffer brush from Crown that was a little damp. The first thing I noticed was the scent - it was very strong but smelled Garnier products which I don't mind. Consistency seemed kind of like a thick moisturiser and not watery at all. On the first coat, my skin looked flawless. I applied a thin 2nd coat and I looked completely airbrushed with no caking whatsoever. My skin was evened out and it looked natural. I found this product very buildable and the coverage is fantastic for me (like I said before I don't need a lot). I also found it very light on my skin and very moisturising! I apply concealer under my eyes and set it all with a translucent loose powder from Marcell.

Now here's where I am an exception to this product and oily skin. I wore this all day (to work, running, a nap, etc) and I was only the slightest bit greasy in my t zone but nothing extravagant. I usually always get oily after 8+ hours and have to blot/touch up no matter what kind of products I use. So, this oily skinned girl didn't have an issue with this product. When I wipe this off at night, I can see product coming off my face onto the cloth (I have used other products that are completely gone off my face before I wipe it off) so it did last all day for me. I'm not sure if its my powder that's keeping everything in place but it was still visibly on my face at 11:00PM. The colour of the light/medium matches my skintone perfectly. You get a lot of product in the bottle and I can imagine this will last me for a long time. The best part is my skin didn't mind this product at all! I've been using this for a good while and haven't gotten a single break out (I tried a tinted moisturiser and my face last year and I completely broke out everywhere)!

I give this a 4 out of 5 because it was $20 at my drugstore. That's pretty pricey for a BB cream (the Revlon and L'Oreal were under $20 just as an example). My Revlon Colourstay Foundation isn't even that much so it was a bit on the expensive side for me. It also only comes in 2 colours so there is not much of a selection for the skintones in between light and dark and that could be a problem for other people. I've been wearing this on a daily basis to work and on the weekend and I am loving it. If I don't find another BB cream I love, I would definitely repurchase this when I run out. I hope girls with oily skin who are wondering about this product see my review and give it a try.


Thanks for reading!

Much Love,
April
xo

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review - eShakti "Owl Love Dress"

On December 10th I was contacted by a company via email called eShakti, asking if I was interested in reviewing one of their products on my blog (yes, before I did fashion blogs. I was already planning to start them in January). They offered any item on their website of my choice and I get to keep it after my review. Of course, I said yes!!

Let me start first with a brief introduction on eShakti. eShakti are a company  with an online website who sell custom clothing for affordable prices. They offer both design and fit customization for woman size 0 through 36!! Customers can easily tailor any item to their size, and you can choose from a variety of different necklines and sleeves for a small additional charge.

When I went to their website, I was instantly onboard! I immediately replied and told them I was in! Every dress was so beautiful and best of all - curvy girl friendly! After about a day or so of going through every single dress, I went with my first pic which was a "Owl Love Cotton Knit Dress". As I've said before, I have a huge obsession with owls so I had to have this dress! I wrote them back with my choice of item and my size and they said they would get back to me in a couple of days with my shipping info. Jane was the girl I was emailing back an forth - she was very nice, friendly, professional and easy to deal with!

On December 18th, just 6 days (and 4 business days) after my last email from the company, I came home from work to my dress waiting on my doorstep!! I think that was the fastest time I have EVER got anything from online so the shipping was extremely fast! 

 This dress is beautiful! Its a very soft cotton knit that feels amazing to the touch and on your body. Its very comfortable, flattering, easy to wash and a great addition to my wardrobe. Its a gorgeous navy colour with white owl print throughout the dress and a banded waist featuring red thread for just a little pop of colour. The construction of the dress is very high quality, and the seams are all very well sewn! The dress neckline is a scoop on both back and front, sleeveless on the shoulders, and midi length. I may actually get this tailored to just below my knees since I don't find any midi length dress flattering on my 5'4 tall body. 



Two additional details that I love is the fact that it has pockets and the underside of the shoulder straps has little loops that snap so you can snap your bra straps in place and doesn't fall past the straps of the dress.





As I said above, I was given this dress by the company so I didn't pay for the dress or the shipping so I can't say much about either but I can say this piece was $59.95 which is a great price for such a great quality dress. I would wear this mostly in the summer but throw on some tights/leggings, and a white or red cardigan and it could easily be worn in the fall, winter or spring. Dress it up with some high heels (or wedges) like I've done here, or wear it with flats or sandals for a more casual look. The possibilities with this dress are endless and you will see this dress in future fashion blog posts with some of these looks mentioned.

Here are a few more pics of the dress...
From the back: (shoes are Madden Girl)



Close up of the bust (with my little Swarvoski owl from my friend as a bridesmaid present)



A close up of the red threading throughout the waistline


And a close up of the print



Overall, I am very pleased with the company, the service, the ordering, and the dress. I will be ordering from this website on my own in the very near future and high recommend eShakti to all my readers, followers, and friends. So far, I've already had a co-worker order from the website after me raving about it at work (Hi Norma...I know you're reading this!). 

I was given the dress but not paid in addition to say nice things about the company. I am 100% honest and truly happy with my experience. If you are reading this blog post from a google search, thanks for checking me out! Please subscribe for more fashion, makeup, nails and reviews. If you any questions, please comment below or email me at apinkmua at gmail.com and I would be happy to help you out as best I can.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Much Love,
April 
xo

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Curvy Girl Fashion - Casual Winter Work Outfit

As I sit here typing this post, the province I live in is getting upwards of 70cm of snow overnight and tomorrow. That's not a typo...that's seventy! I'm all settled in (minus going outside to shovel. I like help my husband and I enjoy the exercise) wearing my cozy owl pjs, fridge and cupboard stocked with food, and all of our technology charged so figured this would be the perfect time to post my 2nd curvy girl outfit.

Before I start, I want to say THANK YOU to every single one of you for the support on my last post - I have over 250 views on that post alone (and 11,000+ on my blog all together)! I want to reach out and hug every single one of you for inspiring me to keep coming up with outfits and making a blog post about them. And one more thing, please keep in mind that my closet is small, and I live in a city that doesn't have a lot of common clothing stores so you're going to see overlap on pieces. My blog is mainly for inspiration on putting something similar together on your own :)

So this week's outfit stemmed from two new items I got from Forever 21+ yesterday: Purple bandage skirt & leopard tights. I wanted to dress it up a little for work so I paired it with a loose sheer black blouse from Forever 21+ and some comfortable faux suede short boots from Walmart. I topped the outfit off with my favorite Owl necklace from Bootlegger, and a sock bun!


I know that shirt isn't the most flattering and does make me look a little more top heavy than I actually am but its comfortable and great for those days you feel a bloated (c'mon, we all have those days)! Loose blouses are all the fashion these days anywho :)


Please excuse the piece of hair falling out in the back. My sockbun is high today and those short little hairs don't always want to stay in.

Definitely one of my favorite necklaces! I love owls :)


I LOVE leopard print. Black/grey leopard print is so much easier to put into an outfit so I had to have these! The only downfall is their quality - I probably should have gotten the next size up because they don't fit correctly on my thighs and with just one wear, they have stretched the seam in the crotch dramatically. I will only get a couple of more wears out of this pair but I'm putting in another Forever 21 order next week so I'll probably get another pair but a bigger size (if they come back in stock).

Well that's all for now. I'm off to enjoy a quiet cozy night at home watching Netflix with my husband :). If you are in Newfoundland tonight, stay safe!

Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Snow Owl Nails

I know I said the eShakti Owl Dress review was my next blog post but I did these nails over the weekend and wanted to share them with everyone right away. If you know me at all, you'll know I am obsessed with owls. I cannot resist...when I see an owl on something I have to buy it! I even have a little owl in my car as an air freshener (from Bath & Body Works)! Anyway...you get the point. I did some brown owl nails last year and they are still my favorite nail art (along with the Converse sneakers). Since its winter I decided to recreate my owl nails but this time make them white...Snow Owl Nails!



I hope you like them!

Much Love,
April
xo

Friday, January 4, 2013

Curvy Girl Fashion - Cozy Winter Casual

Ok here goes my first shot at a curvy girl fashion blog post! I will start with saying I am not a "fashionista", nor a model. I am just starting out here - my husband and I are still working on picture locations, lighting, photography, poses etc. so be nice! I'm just an average every day curvy girl who struggled with dressing my body for years. I was uncomfortable and shy with what my clothes said about me. I have been this size for a few years now and finally look forward to putting daily outfits together. I spent the better part of fall 2012 throwing away old plain clothes and replacing them with new and timeless items - prints and colours I'd never dream of wearing. I've discovered Forever 21 Plus website (which is amazing and cheap!), the art of shopping for pieces instead of outfits, and Pinterest for inspiration. Unfortunately, I couldn't find many blogs/sites for curvy girl outfits, so I decided to add a new segment to my beauty blog in hopes that maybe I will inspire curvy girls who also struggle with the same things I did, to break out of their shell and strut their curves. Being comfortable in your own skin can bring so much happiness into your life - trust me! Women spend way too much time stressing over what they don't like about themselves and not enough time on their assets. Its also a huge struggle to dress your age. Since I turned 30 (April of 2012) I am very cautious about making sure I dress mature, covered but still fun and trendy.

I am a short (all of 5'4) curvy girl who's style is very laid back and relaxed. I will throw a few work outfits here and there as I wear business casual from Monday - Thursday but my favourite outfits and the ones you will see the most are the things I put together for the weekends. 

Anyway, onto my first outfit..."Cozy Winter Casual". I would wear this on the weekend going to a show, a friends house, or just sitting around home watching TV with my husband. I also wore it today at work for casual Friday! 

I took a big chunky grey cable knit sweater from Old Navy (got it in a size up from what I normally wear), Pink Bandage Skirt from Forever 21 + (only $11.80!!!), leggings from Eclipse (they are 29" inseam - made for short people!!), boots by Steve Madden (they fit wide calves), and key necklace from Old Navy.





I hope you enjoyed my first fashion blog post. I'll still be doing reviews, nails, and makeup stuff here too. Thanks for reading, I hope I inspired you :)

Coming up next...review on my eShakti owl dress. Stay tuned!

Much Love,
April
xoxo